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Memory Dump Tools for Windows 7

Posted on 2012-08-23
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Last Modified: 2012-08-26

I'm looking for a tool that will create a memory dump of a machine's RAM. There are a few out there, but they don't seem to work on Windows 7.
Question by:pzkhan
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Do you want to create a memory dump of the entire system when he crashes?
Then you perform the following steps on this article:


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No, more in real-time at will.
The idea behind this is that we know or suspect that a machine has been infected with malware and want to do a live memory dump and perform analysis on the memory.

The system has not crashed, it is still running.
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You can use VMMAP for a process memory dump. A total memory dump is not possible to create when you are working on your machine.

I think that this is what you want then. Otherwise, give some names of programs that can do it but not on Windows 7. So i can take a look at what you really mean.


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At least on older versions of Windows, you can do a memory dump while the machine is still running. Tools such as Volatility are designed to perform the analysis. I used a tool called nigilant32 to create an "image" of the RAM while the machine is running on Windows XP.

I know that Windows 7 shut off some of the direct access paths to the RAM, but I would imagine that its still possible through some way...
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Suggest you check out MoonSols Windows Memory Toolkit [1] but you probably need the Prof version later on. There is a "dumpit"[2] which is used to generate a physical memory dump of Windows machines. It works with both x86 (32-bits) and x64 (64-bits) machines.

[1] http://www.moonsols.com/windows-memory-toolkit/
[2] http://www.moonsols.com/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=7

Another is memoryze[3] from Mandiant, the good thing id the o/p can be viewed using their audit viewer[4] as well.

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