There are many data storage devices/media that may be encountered whilst searches are being conducted during criminal investigations. These are often valuable sources of evidence which, if dealt with in an evidentially acceptable manner, may enhance the investigation.
It’s very important for polices and other law enforcement agencies to set up their own in-house computer forensic data recovery lab for efficient and secure crime investigation.
Many computer forensic examiners are using computer forensic software or data recovery software to investigate and recover the potential evidence but most cases they are able to handle are those with functioning storage media and devices, for damaged/inaccessible storage media or devices, they usually need to deliver to a third party or a higher authority. The problem is the lost efficiency, lost guaranteed data confidentiality and even failure to deal with the cases.
So when you plan to set up one in-house computer forensic lab, you need to consider the following configurations:
1: On-site Crime Scene Computer Forensics Equipment;
* Fast forensic data acquisition;
* Featured files forensic data acquisition;
* Iphone Forensics
2: Computer Forensics Lab Investigation Equipment
* Malfunctioning Hard Drive Investigation
* Flash drives’ and chip-off forensics
* Server forensic investigation platform
3: Computer Forensics Lab Clean Room Investigation
* Restore the physically damaged hard drives for further investigation
Clean room computer forensics is not a day or two days’ work, a large amount of practice makes it perfect until you are very sure of your skills. Computer forensic analysts mostly cannot afford to a small mistake and they must be well prepared and authorized to do the job.
For computer forensics analysts, they are required to understand different storage media’s data storage principles, physical structure, running modes and repairing methods and tips. The most important are the best practice of performing forensic data recovery. Therefore, to set up one professional computer forensic data recovery lab, you need not only qualified trained forensic data recovery engineers, computer forensic examiners, but also professional computer forensic software(like Encase, FTK, etc), data recovery hardware(like data compass, flash doctor, etc) and integration of some working practice.