Sunday, June 8, 2008

litsupport summary for the week ending on 6/08/08

A lot of important and useful information is posted to litsupport each week. The following is a distilled summary, in the form of questions and answers.

Q. What are the recommended procedures for dealing with ESI (Electronically Stored Information)?
A. FAQ from Orcatec:

Q. Any advice for tiffing multi-page VSD documents?
A. The free viewer that displays in IE and QuickViewPlus both do not cut it. Try Microsoft's Visio 2007 Viewer (free). Alternatively, print all the pages (using append) to one TIFF outside of LAW and then use the "Edit > Replace > Image from file" feature to bring it into LAW. You can also buy Visio 2003 or Visio 2007.

Q. How to restore data from a reformatted hard drive?
A. All formatting does is remove the MFT (Master File Allocation Table). Here are the programs that could help: Data Lifter, EnCase, FTK. One needs to understand the structure of FAT or NTFS and the recovery process. You will also need to carve out the drive's files. Many files will be fragmented as well because the files are not on consecutive sectors. On the Linux side, RIP(Recovery Is Possible) can be used, and UBCD (Ultimate Boot CD) has just about every hard drive manufacturers' diagnostic utility on it.

This summary from the Litsupport Group postings created by the wonderful and talented members of the group has been culled by Mark Kerzner ( and edited by Aline Bernstein (

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