How to Package and Seal a Digital Storage Device?

What is a digital storage device?

Digital storage device is an electronic device that is used for storing data files temporarily and permanently such as hard disk, RAM (Random Access Memory), USB drive, Solid State Drive, or memory card.

Digital storage device also have two different types that is Primary Storage Device and Secondary Storage Device.

Primary Storage Device:

  • Primary storage device is used to store data temporarily and has fastest data access speed. Example of primary storage device is RAM (Random Access Memory) that usually installed on computers, servers and other computing devices.
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Secondary Storage Device:

  • Secondary storage devices usually have large storage capacity and store data permanently. Example of secondary storage device are hard disk, USB drive, external hard disk, memory card and Solid State Drive. Nowdays, mobile phones also have large storage capacity and can be used to store data files.

 

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Why do we need to package a digital storage device?

To prevent the digital storage device from broken or damaged during the transportation process or when storing it in an evidence preservation room.

 

Why do we need to seal a digital storage device?

To ensure the digital storage device from being edited, accessed or tampered by an unauthorized person.

 

What tools do you need to prepare for packaging and sealing a digital storage device?

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Anti-Static Bag Bubble Wrap
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Tamper Proof Sticker Adhesive Tape
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Scissors Knife

 

How to package and seal a digital storage device?

Digital storage device comes in two sizes, either big or small. The method that you use to package and seal them is very important to prevent the digital storage device from broken and tamper.  

 

Step 1: 

  • Size: Big
  • Devices: Computer, DVR Decoder, Notebook, Tablet PC, Server.
  • Method: Wrap the digital storage device using a bubble wrap or put it inside a box.

Example:

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Figure I: Wrap the digital storage device using a buble wrap Figure II: Put the digital storage device inside a box

 

  • Size: Small
  • Devices: Mobile phone, SIM card, memory card, thumb drive, tablet, hard disk.
  • Method: Use an anti-static bag or envelope to package the digital storage device.

Example:

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Figure III: Package the digital storage device inside the anti-static bag. Figure IV: Packaging the digital storage device inside the envelope.

 

Step 2:

  • Tape the entire bubble wrap, box or anti-static bag using adhesive tape and make sure the package cannot be easily open or tear.

Example:

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Figure V: Tape the entire bubble wrap. Figure VI: Tape the entire anti-static bag

 

Step 3:  

  • Write down the packaging details such as the case number and exhibit number together with the packaging date and your initial on a tamper proof sticker. This sticker will be used to seal the package as explained in Step 4.

Example:

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Figure VII: Write the digital storage device label,signature and the date of seal.

 

Step 4:

  • Seal the package using the tamper proof sticker from Step 3 and make sure to patch it on the opening package. When someone opened the package, we can easily identify it has been opened because the tamper proof sticker is broken.

Example:

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  • This is the example of what happen if the tamper proof sticker open by the correct and incorrect seal.

Correct:

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Figure VIII: If the tamper proof sticker seal in the correct place,the tamper proof sticker will broken when someone open the packaging.

Incorrect:

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Figure IX: If the tamper proof sticker seal in the correct place,the tamper proof sticker will not broken when someone open the packaging.
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