Today, forensics investigators may not have the choice of shutting down the computers in question at all or could incur civil liabilities should an improper shutdown destroy data resulting in financial loss.
If a system is shut down, no matter the method, volatile data in physical memory will be lost.
Investigators need to weigh the benefits against any possible risks and ensure they have the tools and training to access volatile data in the least-intrusive manner.
Information collected from volatile data in memory can be collected in two ways: raw and processed.
The simplicity of dumping raw physical memory to a file reduces the ways in which the investigator interacts with the system.
The collection of processed volatile physical memory ...