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CCTV/DVR Video Forensic: Create Forensic Image of CCTV/DVR Videos

Updated on Jul 17, 2019 by Tracy King to Disk/Partition Clone

Summary:
Are you looking for a secure method to export or create a disk image of all CCTV/DVR videos as forensic? Two reliable methods are available here to guide you creating a forensic image of CCTV/DVR videos with ease now.
PAGE CONTENT:
How to access a CCTV or DVR video disk for creating a forensic disk image
Method 1. CCTV/DVR video forensic with disk clone software
Method 2. Copy CCTV/DVR videos from HDD to another storage device

This page mainly tells how to create a forensic image of important CCTV or DVR videos with practical methods. 

CCTV/DVR video forensic.

NOTICE: To keep the original CCTV or DVR video secure on its disk, we highly recommend you to access the CCTV or DVR video disk and create a forensic image of .cctv or .dvr videos without opening the original disk. 

If you are seeking a secure CCTV/DVR video forensic method, you may refer to Method 1 as a guide by using powerful disk clone software.

Another risky method which you may not want to try is to directly copy videos from the HDD to another storage device in Method 2.

Let’s see how can you create a forensic image of important CCTV or DVR videos on its hard drive or memory card now:

How to access a CCTV or DVR video disk for creating a forensic disk image

Question: Can I clone the CCTV or DVR disk with videos as a forensic image

"Hello, does anyone know is it possible to clone the CCTV or DVR video disk as a forensic image without directly opening the original HDD? 
I’m now having a problem that a car accident happened right in front of my store and the camera in my store just have caught the accident. 
Now I’ve been asked to deliver the police with my CCTV video HDD as for forensic. The thing is that I only have one hard drive for saving the CCTV videos around my store. If I take the hard disk away, the camera won’t record anything in my store. 
So I think that if I can clone the whole CCTV or DVR disk with videos to another storage device such as an external hard drive as a forensic, it would be perfect. And now here comes the problem: How can I clone the CCTV or DVR disk with videos to another disk?
"

To create a forensic disk image of CCTV or DVR videos can be easy for most professional forensic analysts and police. But when the crime scene or accident only get caught in one CCTV camera, things will be complex. You’ll need to create a forensic disk image of the .cctv or .dvr videos and two effective methods are available here for you to follow and try now:

Method 1. CCTV/DVR video forensic with disk clone software

To keep the original CCTV or DVR video disk security, it’s highly recommended you to create a forensic disk image of the CCTV/DVR disk rather than opening it directly.

And you can follow the tutorial steps here to clone and create a forensic image of the CCTV/DVR videos with ease now:

Step 1. Download disk cloning software for CCTV/DVR video forensic

Powerful disk cloning software - EaseUS Disk Copy which is a small but smart tool, allowing you to directly download and install on your PC to clone the CCTV or DVR disk without opening or access any saved footage videos.
It will protect your CCTV or DVR videos to the utmost extent, keeping the original video HDD safe. And this disk clone software is fully compatible with all Windows Operating System. You can download this software and install it on your PC for free and follow Step 2 to create a forensic disk image of your CCTV or DVR videos right now:

TIP: Please do remember to activate this software to a full version so to get a smooth .cctv/.dvr video forensic creating process.

 

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Step 2. Clone and create a forensic disk image of CCTV/DVR videos

Now you may apply EaseUS Disk Copy and follow the guidelines here below to clone and create a forensic disk image of your CCTV or DVR videos now:

Activate EaseUS Disk Copy for a smooth disk copying or cloning process.

1. Download, install and run EaseUS Disk Copy on your PC.
Click Disk Mode and select the source disk that you want to copy or clone. Click Next to continue.

Select sorce disk to clone

2. Select the destination disk where you want to clone/copy the old disk and click Next to continue.
Click OK to confirm if the program asks to erase data on the destination disk.

Select the destination disk to clone or copy disk

3. Check and edit the disk layout as Autofit the disk, Copy as the source or Edit disk layout.
Autofit the disk is recommended.

  • Copy as the source option will copy/clone the same layout of partitions on your source disk to the destination disk.
  • Edit disk layout allows you to manually resize or move partition layout on the destination disk.
  • If your destination disk is an SSD drive, do remember to tick Check the option if the target is SSD.

Click Proceed to start the disk cloning or disk copying process now.

Finish copying or cloning disk to new disk.

After this, you'll be able to use the disk with the forensic image of CCTV or DVR videos to analyze without damaging or breaking the original videos. 

Method 2. Copy CCTV/DVR videos from HDD to another storage device

If most of the original CCTV or DVR videos on the hard drive disk are not important, or you just want to get a forensic image of some specific .cctv or .dvr videos, you can try below tips for a guide:

Note: This method is not secure but risky for protecting video security on the .cctv or .dvr video hard drive disk. So if you have crucial videos saved on the disk, Method 1 is your best shot.

Please do be careful when you are following the below steps while taking forensic videos from the original video disk. Any false operation may result in severe video loss issue.

Step 1. Connect your CCTV or DVR video disk to your PC or a healthy computer.
Step 2. Let the computer recognize the disk as a storage device.
Step 3. Open the CCTV/DVR video disk directly on Windows Explorer, open and view each video footage one by one on your PC.
Step 4. When you find the right video, copy if from the CCTV/DVR video HDD and save to another storage device. 

PS: If you accidentally lost or deleted CCTV/DVR videos, don’t worry. Just follow CCTV/DVR hard drive recovery as a guide and you’ll be able to get your deleted or even erased CCTV/DVR videos back.