Digital Forensics
Private Investigator
Learn More
Contact Us

Live Acquisition

One DIMM of RAM removed from computerIn digital forensics analysis, live acquisition is the process of recovering data from a device which is powered up while the acquisition is occurring. This is most-frequently done when analyzing cell phones and tablets.

This differs from post-mortem acquisition which is done when power has been removed from the source.

Live acquisition must also be performed when trying to recover data stored within a computer's memory. Memory disappears when the power connection is lost, but performing a live acquisition on a running machine can be tricky.

The best practices in computer forensics say if a machine is on, leave it on, if it’s off, leave it off.

Live acquisitions are also used to recover deleted text messages, social media passwords and pictures from smartphones and tablets. Spindletop Investigation uses Cellebrite mobile forensics technology which serves as a write blocker, ensuring evidence collected from digital devices is not tampered.

If you have a case which may require live forensic acquisition from a desktop or laptop computer, please contact Spindletop Investigations in advance.


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