Advanced Carving

Carving is the term used for extracting structured data out of raw data based on the format specific characteristics present in the structured data. In digital forensics, it is the process of extracting data from a source without the assistance of the file system that created the original file.

Digital Detective’s Blade® and HstEx® forensic recovery tools utilise advanced carving technology called Intelli-Carve®.


Intelli-Carve® is an innovative, leading edge technology designed by Digital Detective which is designed to increase the accuracy and integrity of the data recovered during the data recovery process. The Intelli-Carve® engine understands the structure of supported file formats and can direct the recovery process to ensure accurate data recovery. It can also verify the integrity of the recovered data and logs any data fragments which fails verification.

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