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With technology so abundant in our daily lives, there will inevitably come a time where you need Philadelphia data recovery services. Perhaps water spilled on your client’s laptop, frying the motherboard. Or perhaps a witness pulled a Tom Brady and destroyed their cell phone, which contained key evidence. Whatever the circumstance, you need to recover that data to successfully try your case.

Nowadays it seems like every street corner and shopping mall has a company offering to repair and recover devices. But before you call your local Geek Squad, a wiser choice is to call a digital forensics expert for your Philadelphia data recovery needs.

Differentiating Between Philadelphia Data Recovery, eDiscovery, and Digital Forensics

Often you will hear the terms data recovery, eDiscovery and digital forensics lumped together. That is because they all deal with taking digital data and presenting it in a clear, precise manner. However, each method approaches the data differently.

Data recovery focuses mainly on retrieving data from broken items, such as cell phones and hard drives. When data needs to be recovered, this generally means the device has suffered electronic damage, physical damage, or both. As the name implies, data recovery is focused on simply retrieving data, regardless of importance or content. This tends to result in a large population of data that must then be sorted through.

Electronic discovery, or eDiscovery, typically handles devices that are undamaged. The goal is to retrieve all potentially relevant data, then use tools to trim the data down by eliminating duplicates (known as “de-duping”).

Digital forensics incorporates elements of both hard drive data recovery and eDiscovery. The digital forensics examiner (DFE) can handle both damaged and undamaged devices and searches them for active (existing), archival (backed up and stored) and latent (previously existing or deleted) data. Unlike simple data recovery, which generally involves accidental loss of data, the DFE frequently deals with purposeful attempts to hide and/or destroy data. This requires skills that are unique to digital forensics and are rarely found in the data recovery industry.

Additionally, the DFE is often called on to offer expert testimony in deposition or in court. Their methods and procedures may be scrutinized, and the expert will be called on to explain and defend their results. If you choose someone unfamiliar with legal proceedings and protocols, you may end up with damaged or inadmissible evidence.

Recovering Deleted Hard Drive Data with Precise

It is important to choose a hard drive recovery service that is familiar with the proper court procedures to gather and preserve data. No matter how skilled a technician is, if they are unfamiliar with the court rules regarding spoliation they could accidentally destroy evidence or render it inadmissible in court.

Our hard drive recovery team begins by obtaining a forensic image, ensuring the hard drive data is properly preserved. They then begin to scour the drive for data that appears lost, but is actually still retained. This includes automatically stored data, residual data, and deleted files. Contrary to popular belief, “deleting” a file does not automatically erase it. It simply tells the hard drive the physical space the file occupies is available, but the data remains until it is overwritten. This provides an opportunity to recover all or part of a deleted file.

Choose Precise’ Digital Forensics Experts for Your Philadelphia Data Recovery Services

You don’t want potentially crucial evidence handled by an amateur. Let Precise’s Philadelphia data recovery services help you retrieve your evidence and get it in the courtroom. Call us today at 866-277-3247 for more information.