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One of the most expensive technical portions of e-discovery is something called “processing.” Nontechnical personnel involved in e-discovery, including many lawyers, have only the vaguest notion of what is done in the processing phase. They know that data that is collected goes in one end and comes out the other ready for review, but what happens in between is a mystery. However, there are some potentially important choices involved in the processing phase that could significantly impact what electronically stored information (ESI) is available for review and production, as well as impact associated costs.