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Case Storage & Fees Question

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TMD22
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Case Storage & Fees Question

Post Posted: Nov 22, 05 07:27

Happy Holidays all,

I am going to set up a RAID 0+1 setup to backup my case data including images of drives from cases examined, which will be stored until evidence is no longer needed.

I am wondering what methods/protocols are in use for storing data from a case (an image) and if stored I have heard os some charging the client a "storage fee" for storing the copy of the evidence.

I welcome any experience or input you can provide.

Mark  
 
  

AndyFox
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Re: Case Storage & Fees Question

Post Posted: Nov 22, 05 14:51

Mark

one way we get around this is that we do not store any data or images/evidence ourselves. What we do is provide an extra hard drive copy for the client for them to store and not us and charge a very small cost - they keep it for as long as they need it and then return it for wipe and re-use - get's rid of the problem of us being responsible for storing evidence and also allows the client to look at the evidence (safely) at their leisure on a copy image not the orginal whilst reading our reports/statements. It's handy as you can't really print off say 200 images but you can show them on the copy image of the drive.
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TMD22
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Re: Case Storage & Fees Question

Post Posted: Nov 22, 05 21:52

Thanks for your input Andy.

So you actually copy the image to a HDD, and provide the entire drive to the client or do you make an image copy on say DVD's and give that to the client.

I like your method, as far as not being responsible for storing the data, however,keeping track of and getting back the HDD's must be difficult.

Also, do you charge the client for the HDD, or just the small fee you mentioned to copy it?

Thanks again for your help.

Happy Thanksgiving also to all.

Mark  
 
  

AndyFox
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Re: Case Storage & Fees Question

Post Posted: Nov 22, 05 22:03

Hi Mark

we copy the drive to a HDD abd charge the client what the drive costs + handling charge. But if they recycle it and give it back when finished then we can use the same - every new one we send we charge for, every used one that comes back we use again and don;t charge for again. We tend to submit evidence (eg images or web page imprints) by paper and also by CV/DVD and give the client a back up hard copy as well.
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Audax Digital Forensics
www.audaxuk.com 
 
  

TMD22
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Re: Case Storage & Fees Question

Post Posted: Nov 23, 05 07:20

Thanks again Andy

I plan on using your suggestions.

Happy Holidays

Mark  
 

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