Electronic Discovery- eDiscovery
Electronic Discovery, sometimes referred to as "e-discovery or ediscovery". This is a process in which electronic data is obtained, safeguarded, and cataloged. This in turn could be used as evidence in a criminal legal case or civil case. Electronic Discovery can be done on your computer with the necessary software or it can be hosted on our network using Lexis-Nexis FYI.
The types of electronic data that can be included into evidence are text, images, e-calendar, databases, spreadsheets, sound files, animation, Web sites and computer programs. Even viruses can be secured and investigated. Email is one of the most searched and used form of evidence in litigation, and you do not lose the correlation of email attachments as you would if you just printed the email.
Midwest also has a specific form of electronic discovery called Computer forensics. We locate a specific computer and we investigate its hard drive by making an exact copy, not just files and folders, but the exact copy of the "hard drive"! That way we can keep the original desktop or laptop computer untarnished because we would do our searching on the copied hard drive.
Electronic data is one of the fastest ways to search your files because paper documents must be extremely analyzed by hand. Also, once electronic data is in the network (multiple hard drives, raids, etc), it is very difficult to delete, erase or annihilate. The reason being is that binary data still survives on your hard drive and in the network, even if erased, data can be unerased.
To "permanently" delete/erase an electronic data is to... manually take apart and demolish every hard drive where the electronic data was kept.