Police recovering data

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May 29, 2009 at 22:35:50
Specs: Windows XP
Ok my brother and his room mate both had thier computers taken and searched. His room mate is in big trouble they found lots of child porn along with other incriminating items in his room. My brothers computer also had some videos on it that he wasn't aware of and believes the room mate downloaded them on his computer. The police recovered a deleted video that they said was viewed over 20 times. Now I know it is possible to recover the data but is it possible for them to tell how many times that file had been opened and viewed?

Sorry I'm not sure what catagory this would fall under.

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May 29, 2009 at 23:44:41
Most video file formats don't save a record of when/how often they are viewed. However, that isn't to say there is no way to tell/estimate. The media player used may keep track of such information, and it may be stored in a separate file or in the Windows registry.

With that said, my guess would be that you ether misinterpreted what the police said, or they are making things up in an attempt to get a confession.

My advice would be to get a good lawyer who is familiar with cyber-crime, and to not say anything without consulting with the lawyer. If your brother is innocent, and all the police have is a single deleted video, I doubt the case would even go to court.

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May 30, 2009 at 12:28:02
The answer to your question is "Yes." Anything is possible.


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