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X-Ways - E01 from EnCase

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X-Ways - E01 from EnCase

Post Posted: Sep 29, 15 21:17


On the X-Ways website it states:

"Don't use compressed .e01 evidence files created with tools other than X-Ways Forensics (avoid normal or strong compression)"

Does anyone know why? Are there limitations or will X-Ways run slower?

I have several sets of E01 files of Ubuntu servers using XFS, that were created by Linen using Best compression. Most loaded into X-Ways fine but two came up with a message/error in the program pretty much saying the same as above.

Struggling to find anything on the X-Ways website or manual that specifically states why...


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Re: X-Ways - E01 from EnCase

Post Posted: Sep 30, 15 00:47

It doesn't actually mean don't use them, it is basically saying their compression algorithm is inefficient. Its does mean they will process slower than those created using X-Ways, however I don't think it will be too noticeable and it will still be much faster than using Encase 7  

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Re: X-Ways - E01 from EnCase

Post Posted: Nov 26, 15 00:21

as minime2k9 stated, its just a warning. X-Ways will process them fine, but most imaging tools are 'stupid' in that they just, for example, try to gzip -9 everything, even when its already compressed. This can make things worse than not compressing at all.  


Re: X-Ways - E01 from EnCase

Post Posted: Dec 10, 15 20:03

It doesn't make much difference on a decent machine. It is just X-Ways Teutonic poke at Guidance!  

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