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THE FARMER'S BOOT CD (FBCD) is a unique Linux boot CD. Taking a different approach than other Live CDs, this CD was designed and optimized for previewing systems before acquiring. THE FARMER'S BOOT CD contains a number of programs forensic practitioners can utilize to preview both Windows and Linux systems in a forensically sound manner. Developed by Thomas Rude ('farmerdude').

Preview Capabilities

THE FARMER'S BOOT CD has been designed for previewing both Windows and Linux systems. On-site previews before acquisitions is an emerging trend in the U.S.A. due to legal and technological reasons.

Below is a short list of what can be accomplished in a simple GUI on this CD;

- Mount file systems read-only, including journalled file system types
- Obtain a list of deleted files for ext2, FAT12/16/32, and NTFS file system types
- Undelete deleted files from NTFS file systems
- Obtain both E-mail and URL addresses from the Windows "pagefile.sys" file
- Read the Recycle Bin INFO2 records
- Read Windows event log files (AppEvent.Evt, SecEvent.Evt, SysEvent.Evt)
- Read many log files from Linux systems (shell histories, system logs, security logs, accounting logs, etc.)
- Obtain file system metainformation (creation date, last mount and write date, version, label, UUID, etc.)
- Parse Internet cache files from IE, Mozilla, and Opera, pulling cookies and histories
- Catalog target file system, selecting files of interest by extension or header
- Convert date/time between UNIX 32bit, UNIX hex, human readable, Windows 64bit, and Windows hex
- Generate thumbnails for all graphics in fully qualified path filename
- Obtain drive information (serial number, make/model, firmware, HPA status, etc.)
- Obtain system BIOS table information (serial numbers, dates, UUIDs, etc.)
- Obtain system hardware catalog
- Double-clicking on most common file types opens them (Documents, Graphics, Presentations, Movies, Audio, etc.)



THE FARMER'S BOOT CD screen shots Screen Shots for Delve Preview Program on the FBCD.

Preview Data in Under Twenty Minutes Paper on previewing data quickly at