Forensic Imaging is a process where an exact copy (bit to bit mirror image) is taken of a storage medium. For example, this may be a computer, laptop hard disk drive, optical storage media or a portable storage device such as a USB memory stick.
Taking a forensic copy of a storage device enables any original suspect or storage medium which is under investigation to remain in its original state as it was found and collected.
An investigation and analysis is then performed on the image leaving the original (master device) intact to provide proof that the original data has not been tampered with and retain its chain of custody. This means that any evidence found is extremely reliable and accurate avoiding inadmissibility of evidence found.
Our forensic copying process is performed in accordance with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) guidelines with thorough documented examination processes and continuity of exhibits.
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