Avansic: So, You Want DIY eDiscovery? First Up: Loading

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Extract from Avansic’s article “So, You Want DIY eDiscovery? First Up: Loading”

You’ve decided to handle eDiscovery yourself, whether that means starting with a new tool, switching tools, or learning more about the processes you’ve been using. There are so many benefits to doing your own eDiscovery, and a few places where things can get complicated. This blog installment shares a few tips we’ve picked up through years of loading data ourselves and helping clients load their information.

First Steps

The biggest challenge of loading data yourself is determining what type of data you have. Is it raw native? Or processed data? And what exactly are those?

Raw native is generally a mix of files like PDFs and Excel documents, and sometimes PSTs. Processed data is either load files or productions, typically in OPT, DAT, or CSV files which may contain images, text files, or native files. An easy way to tell the difference between raw native and processed data is file names – processed will have sequential file names where raw data will not.

Raw Native

There are a few things to find out before loading raw native data, and they affect how it will be handled.

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