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Does Data Extraction Really Work?

There are many times when we call on our ability to withdraw certain information, or data, from a computer or other technological device. When this raw data is pulled from a source, it is known simply as data extraction, or data migration, and can help computer users or network administrators in a variety of ways depending on their individual needs or circumstances.

There are many types of data extraction methods which can be used, much as there are many types of computers, networks, devices and operators which can be processed. This vast array of possibilities may lead to debates as to how well data extraction really works, but in most cases, where the correct tools are utilized, it has show to be a very beneficial process that is only limited by available resources.

Examples of Data Extraction

Data extraction may include any number of methods to procure any form of data. It is a wide spectrum field with many opportunities, and as such, holds room for criticism when incorrectly applied.

Popular and successful methods of data extraction may include:

  • Monitoring computers, cell phones and other hardware
  • Monitoring computers, networks, Internet and other software
  • Backing up archives as a preventative measure
  • Using the data as evidence, statistical analysis or for progress reports

In fact, Michigan police have recently disclosed that they are turning to data extraction as part of their standard investigative procedures. They have devised a hand-held device which can pull data from a suspect’s cell phones on-site. This allows officers to determine further information at the scene of a crime which may help assess the suspect’s personality or recent activity and increases an officer’s ability to make an acute judgment call on site.

Why Use Data Extraction?

Much like any digital process, it is best to clearly define why data extraction is beneficial in your particular instance in order to fully gain the most from this process. In domestic cases, data extraction can prove to be a great tool to help archive or manage networks and in corporate scenarios, the resources have proved innumerable from maintenance to even providing evidence in a court of law.

Data extraction is most beneficial when the data is processed and turned into information or evidence which can be further used in a number of ways. The ability to assess the data you extract, as well as the end product is where you will find the most success in your individual case.

So, Does Data Extraction Really Work?

The short answer is yes. Data extraction really does work. In its most simple format, when you extract data from a website you have technically successfully completed the data extraction process.

However, as with most data related topics, the data extraction is only useful and pertinent if the correct data processing is applied thereafter. Otherwise the data will not become information; and will remain dormant or irrelevant.

Please note: It is important to seek investigative professional help when extracting data, as there are many stipulations on when it is legal to do so. If you are unsure of the requirements, please contact Prudential Associates today to find out further information.