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5 Ways a Forensic Data Recovery Service Can Help Build Your Case

 

The assumption that deleting a file will permanently remove the data from a device is a critical mistake which can lead to major changes in civil cases and criminal cases. Deleted data is often overlooked because it is not well-known that it can be retrieved by data recovery specialists on various electronic devices.

1. ‘Deleted’ Files Can Be Recovered

Truly removing a file from a device is a complicated process that requires expertise. Therefore, a person may think that an incriminating text message or photo is gone after they have ‘deleted’ it from their phone. The truth is that data recovery analysts can recover the file to potentially be used against them at court. This can be relevant in many cases which list includes dealing with divorce, child support, harassment, protection, breach of contract, small claims, etc.

2. Almost Any Memory-Based Device Can Be Analyzed

Forensic data analysis is overlooked because the number of data sources that can be analyzed in a case is often underestimated. The list of devices that can be requested through court to be analyzed extends past laptops and cellphones. Files existing on USB drives, email accounts, cloud-based accounts, external hard drives, smart watches, and GPS devices can all be extracted and used. Any type of file on those devices can be extracted with forensic data recovery services and may prove useful in a case. These include web history, pictures, videos, PowerPoint presentations, documents, audio files, call logs, text messages, and emails. Even small details from these documents can build up a case.

3. Data Integrity Will Be Preserved

One crucial rule for using electronic data in a case is that the evidence is not altered by the recovery. To ensure the data is not modified in any way, a write-blocker must be used when extracting the data and a full record of what procedures and techniques were used must be recorded.

 

Additionally, there are protocols that have been specifically approved for data analysis and recovery which must either be used or clearly stated as to why the extraction deviated from standard protocol. Therefore, it is a good idea to hire a forensic data recovery service that specializes in extracting data used in litigation.

4. Hidden and Deleted Data Can Be Found

It is a good idea to outsource the work of collecting deleted data for many reasons both technically and legally. Data collection must be done by a third party to prevent a conflict of interest. Further, data collection involves more than technical knowledge of how to extract files. Forensic data recovery specialists know where in the computer to look for deleted or hidden files. Data can be stored in multiple parts of the computer and a specialist will be able to check everywhere.

5. Specialists Can Search for the ‘Unknown’

Forensic data analysts are trained to sift through vast collections of data stored on a device to find what data would be useful in a case. They can sort through data quickly to find the precise document or file needed. Furthermore, they know how to explore the unknown and how to find things that would help a case that might not be initially considered. They can search for patterns, relationships, and networking between data sets to connect points that would not otherwise be detected by single points of data.

Overall, a forensic data recovery service can assist in building a case by recovering incriminating deleted data, preserving data, and analyzing patterns. It helps to have an experienced analyst on your side to bring important facts and data to your case that you may have thought inaccessible or irrelevant.