Digital Forensics
Private Investigator
Learn More
Contact Us

Binary Code

Swirled stylized binary codeBinary arithmetic was originally described in the 17th Century by German mathematician and philosopher Gottfried Leibniz, but has its roots in the ancient Chinese Zhou dynasty.

In computer technology, binary code is a base 2 numbering system of 1s and 0s (as opposed to the base 10 decimal system we're most familiar with) which allows computers to interpret, read and write data. Each 1 (ON) or 0 (OFF) is called a bit. A group of 8 bits is called a byte.

Storage such as your computer’s hard drive or optical media like CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays, print data as 1s and 0s across a spinning disc. Memory like your computer’s RAM and flash storage media, like USB thumbsticks or memory cards, use memory cells which interpret binary by high charge (1) or low charge (0).

Oftentimes digital forensic examiners will look at data at the bit level to find and extract relevant information and, with patience and a little luck, piece it together into a recognizable file. This process is called file carving.

 

Back To Glossary

Private Investigator Services  |  Digital Forensics  |  Find Out More  |  Contact

Call Us Today 414-377-8207


CONFIDENTIALITY DISCLAIMER All information obtained during the course of an investigation will remain confidential and solely between the investigator, Spindletop Investigations, LLC, and the client. However, private investigators are legally required to report any instances of child pornography or sexual crimes against children. Spindletop Investigations may choose to report other potentially serious crimes if they involve the risk of the loss of life. Spindletop Investigations will not pursue any unrelated leads outside the agreed upon scope of the investigation. As part of the consultation, Spindletop Investigations will work with the client in advance to fully define the scope of the investigation as well as all legal exceptions to our confidentiality agreement.

© Spindletop Investigations. Milwaukee, Wisconsin  |  Site map