7   Preparing the Environment for Your First Collection

If your collection and analysis environment is set up properly, you are far more likely to extract and analyze forensic data successfully. If the environment is set up improperly, however, you can be confronted with many problems throughout an examination. Sometimes, the collection device or computer is different from the analysis computer, and the optimal configurations on the two can be different as well. In a poorly configured environment, software may be ineffective at not only connecting to the device, but also at extracting valuable data, leading to frustration.

Typically, software vendors include specifications on release notes or user guides that detail the computer configurations ...

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