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

  • 12 Apr 2019
  • 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
  • University of Toronto, iSchool, Lab – BL 225 and 224. 140 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 3G6
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Title: Preservation in a Historical Computing Environment – How to Recover Information from Vintage Tech

When: April 12, 2019, 9:30am-2:30pm

Instructor: Jess Whyte and Steve Marks, both of University of Toronto Libraries

Minimum/maximum participants: 10 minimum and 20 maximum

Cost: $100 (student AAO member); $150 (AAO member); $240 (non-member)

Other: Refreshments will be provided but participants will are responsible for their own lunch.

Description: 

Please join us for this amazing opportunity to learn how to recover information from vintage technology from UofT Digital Librarians Jess Whyte and Steve Marks! This workshop will introduce participants to the process of forensic disk imaging of 3.5” and 5.25” floppy disks. Demonstrations of various equipment will be provided alongside a discussion of costs and capabilities. This will be followed by a demonstration of and introduction to software tools (e.g. FTK Imager [demo], Total Commander [demo], and tools from the BitCurator environment [interactive]) for analyzing these disk images, extracting content, and identifying certain forms of personally identifiable information (PII) using bulkextractor.

Course participants will be able to create forensic imaging of 3.5”; and 5.25”; floppies using a Kryoflux floppy controller card; understand the concept of write-blocking; navigate commonly used hardware, e.g. FREDs or Forensic Recovery Evidence Devices, Kryoflux, write blockers, FC-5025, including costs and functionality; and ultimately extract and access content or deleted files from a disk image.

Instructor bio:

Jess Whyte is the Digital Asset Librarian at the University of Toronto Libraries. Her day-to-day job is to coordinate the intake of digital content to UTL's various preservation platforms. Sometimes (often?) this means getting that content off various types of media. Jess has taught previous workshops with TAAG and the University of Toronto's Faculty of Information.  

Steve Marks is the Digital Preservation Librarian at the University of Toronto Libraries.

Location:

University of Toronto, iSchool, Lab – BL 225 and 224.
140 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 3G6

Format:

Lecture/Demonstration

Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellation by registrant up to one week prior to the event: Refund, less 20% cancellation charge to cover administration cost
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  • Cancellation by registrant less than 48 hours prior to the event: No refund
  • Registrant did not attend event without any notification: No refund
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