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Operating system

This software is usually loaded into the computer memory upon switching the machine on and is a prerequisite for the operation of any other software.

Optical disk

A permanent, usually removable, data storage device that uses a laser to read and write the information it contains. These devices are not subject to erasure when exposed to a magnetic field

Original digital evidence

Physical items and those data objects, which are associated with those items at the time of seizure

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