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The output from the software allows the forensic investigator to identify the exact location the data was recovered from.


The carving engine for this Professional Module was originally released in the Digital Detective product EMLXtract.  When this software was released to law enforcement practitioners in 2004, it was the first forensic tool to recover AOL email messages from an image or physical/logical device.  When compared against other tools, this software recovered more email messages than any other.  It works particularly well against corrupted data when many other tools fail to recover anything at all.  This professional module uses our Intelli-Carve® technology to piece different parts of the message back together again and validates the data in the process.  The software also has the ability of recovering inline image attachments.  It is particularly good at recovering isolated email messages from unallocated clusters and other areas where deleted messages may reside.

AOL Email Messages

AOL email messages contain many different elements such as compressed and non-contiguous data blocks; as the data is compressed, traditional keyword searching will fail.


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Output from Blade

As the original AOL email data is in a bespoke format designed to be viewed inside the AOL software, Blade recovers each message and creates a representation of the original email message is HTML format.  The file can then be viewed (including any embedded image) with a standard browser.