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Forensic Collection and Drive Imaging
One of the most important concerns in the forensic and electronic discovery processes is the preservation of the electronic evidence. Working with our clients, we establish the appropriate and most cost effective collection manner of preserving and collecting all of the potentially relevant electronically stored information. Recommended strategies can include imaging key individuals’ systems to targeted collection of user generated files from multiple custodians, to capturing shared folders from a client’s server. Each case is handled on an individual basis, preserving all potentially responsive electronic data while avoiding the problems of over collection of electronic data or the need to re-collect potentially responsive data.
Our collection and imaging rates for hard drives, USB drives, cell phones, PDAs and other external media are very reasonable. For example, for hard drives brought to our Forensic Laboratory and Data Center, our fee to image a 500 gigabyte hard drive is $500, plus a media storage fee thereby preserving all the electronic evidence on the hard drive, including metadata, in a forensically sound manner. Our on-site collection rates are equally affordable, especially when multiple systems or custodians are involved. Unlike most ESI vendors, we do not charge by the volume of data collected on-site, i.e. a per gigabyte charge. Rather, our fees are based on the time it takes us to collect or harvest the electronic data based on our standard hourly charges. We use high speed hardware imagers and writeblockers, resulting in the most efficient collection of the relevant electronic data.
We perform “after hours” or weekend data collection at our regular hourly rates with no additional charges.