Submitting Digital Evidence
If the evidence cannot be brought directly to the GHRCFL (always phone before making the trip) then prior to packaging and shipping the evidence, call the GHRCFL for specific instructions regarding submittal procedures. For most examinations, submit only the central processing units, the hardware and software, plus:
- Use a sturdy cardboard container when shipping computer components. If possible, use the original packing case with the fitted padding. Use large, plastic bubble wrap or foam rubber pads as packing and never use Styrofoam because it lodges inside computers and/or components and creates static charges that can cause data loss or damage to circuit boards. Seal the container with a strong packing tape.
- Pack and ship central processing units in the upright position. Label the outside container THIS END UP.
- Disks, cartridges, tapes, and hard drives should be packed to avoid movement during shipping.
- Label the outer container FRAGILE, SENSITIVE ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT and KEEP AWAY FROM MAGNETS OR MAGNETIC FIELDS.