Preservation in a Historical Computing Environment- How to Recover Information from Vintage Tech

  • 27 Apr 2018
  • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Computer Lab (Rm. 232) - John M. Kelly Library, St. Michael's College 113 St. Joseph St., Toronto


The Toronto Area Archivists' Group is pleased to be hosting the upcoming workshop: "Preservation in a Historical Computing Environment – How to Recover Information from Vintage Tech"

Date: Friday, April 27 - 10am to 1pm

Location: Computer Lab (Rm. 232) - John M. Kelly Library, St. Michael's College

113 St. Joseph St., Toronto

Cost: $50 for AAO members / $70 for non-members


Instructor: Jess Whyte,Digital Preservation Intake Coordinator Librarian, University of Toronto Libraries
This workshop will introduce participants to the process of forensic disk imaging of legacy media (e.g. 3.5" and 5.25" floppy disks). This will be followed by a demonstration of and introduction to software tools (e.g. the BitCurator environment and FTK Imager) for analyzing these disk images, and extracting content and metadata.

Learning outcomes:

  • Forensic imaging of 3.5" and 5.25" floppies;
  • Concept of write-blocking;
  • Overview of commonly used hardware, e.g. FREDs or Forensic Recovery Evidence Devices, Kryoflux, write blockers
  • Extracting and accessing content or deleted files from a disk image;
  • Using Bulk Extractor to identify personally identifiable information;
  • Methods for file system analysis and exporting DFXML metadata; 

No computer necessary, but if you'd like to follow along with the demonstrations, you can download and install FTK Imager [1] and/or a Bitcurator virtual machine [2] on your personal laptop.

[1], PC only


Any questions about the workshop can be directed to TAAG at

Address: 411 Richmond Street East, Suite 200, Toronto, ON M5A 3S5

Phone: 647-343-3334 | Email:


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