CD/DVD – Is it possible to find out which computer they were created on?

Thu, 2010-06-10 15:40 by silkmaze · Forum/category:

I have been asked to find out if it is possible to get the identity of a specific computer used to burn a CD. A school has discovered that some one photographed exam papers with the correct answers then burnt the jpgs onto a CD.

There is nothing on the files/jpgs themselves. The cd was burnt on a MAC so there is a DS_STORE file on it but my PC can't read it. From what I could find online, there isn't much in it anyway, except the ordering of icons and basic property information.

Anyone have any suggestions as to how I could find the relevant information, if it exists?

Thanks for your help.


Thu, 2010-06-10 15:49 by admin

My best guess is that it is possible to determine in which drive a CD or DVD was burnt. However, some caveats:

  1. You'd have to provide the candidates (computers or CD-burner drives) to choose from.
  2. The procedure requires technical means that are out of the ordinary. It will be expensive and require an expert with very rare expertise.

That said, it may in some cases be possible to find out more easily, if the person who burnt the CD made a mistake and left more obvious traces.

I can narrow down the number

Thu, 2010-06-10 16:25 by silkmaze

I can narrow down the number of computers that might have been used, they are all in the same place. How would I be able to extract more information from the CD? Is there a program I can buy?


Thu, 2010-06-10 20:15 by admin

There is no simple way.

Thank you.

Fri, 2010-06-11 00:59 by silkmaze

Thank you.

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