Caught on tape
Recovering data for evidence is still a crucial part of investigating suspected wrongdoing, but few firms can afford to hand over their servers. Therefore, argues Martin Baldock, even in the digital 21st century the trusty tape remains your best back-up
With the changes in disclosure rules and the clamour for disk drive data, it is tempting to forget about the difficult and time-consuming restoration of back-up tapes. Many so-called experts present lawyers with little option but to undertake the expensive restoration of tens, hundreds or even thousands of tapes. While back-up tapes provide unique challenges, it is often unnecessary to restore every single one the IT department has; remember that back-up tapes are usually created for business continuity reasons and not for investigation purposes.
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