USB sticks are almost in everybody's pocket or bag. Many people have one with their key chain, while others even wear it around their necks. However you choose to carry it, you probably can not live without it in this day and age.
USB sticks are portable storage devices. Not long ago (around 8 to 10 years back) the average USB key would be less than 500Mb. Today, the norm is 4-8Gb with producers introducing devices of up to 64Gb at ever affordable prices.
You might use it to store your favorite MP3 songs, your CV or important documents, photographs and anything else you might see as important to have with you.
No matter which of the above you choose to use, things can go wrong. Devices can fail and important data may be lost. However chances are that all is not really lost. Many devices fail to be read by a computer, but the data may still be there. If there is something to be retrieved, Strathclyde Forensics will be able to salvage it.
USB devices come to us in all imaginable conditions. Although not all cases are recoverable, we have a success rate of more than 93% in USB key data recovery.
USB (storage devices) Forensics
The photo below is from one of the devices we have worked on.
USB sticks and USB external drives (flash) are using volatile memory. This means it is harder to recover data than from usual hard disk drives (magnetic drives).
The volatility of flash memory introduces more challenges for forensic investigators.
At Strathclyde Forensics we test constantly new tools and benchmark them to our standards, in order to always provide the best service for our clients. We also check our tools against the US Government's NIST testing and reports.
Feel free to contact us to further discuss your requirements.