BitCurator Webinar Series: Working with External Media in BitCurator

Join us for our next webinar by registering here.

Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EST)

Before scanning for PII or analyzing a file tree, the digital archivist must first be able to read and transfer data from the original storage media to a long-term sustainable format. Accessing data on original media–especially for legacy media such as 5.25”, 3.5” and Zip disks–can often present a challenge and may require specialized hardware. This webinar covers the various methods and hardware tools required to capture forensic disk images from a wide variety of media types for use within the BitCurator environment. Topics covered will include:

  • An overview of media reader devices for legacy media, including the Kryoflux and FC5025 floppy drive controllers

  • Using media devices with BitCurator running as a virtual machine

  • How and why to use a write-blocker in digital acquisition

  • An introduction to the Forensics Recovery of Evidence Device (FRED), a computer system designed for the acquisition and imaging of a broad array of external and internal media, now frequently used by digital archivists in collecting institutions

There are no prerequisites for this webinar; however, it is designed for users already familiar with the basic operations of the BitCurator environment. The webinar will be roughly one hour with 10 minutes for Q&A at the end.

BitCurator 0.6.2 Now Available

The latest release of the BitCurator environment (0.6.2) is now available at our Release site ( As of 0.6.2, iBiblio serves as our primary distribution site. There should be a noticeable improvement in download speeds, particularly for international users. Direct links and MD5 checksums can be found on the Release page.

This release includes the following updates:

– Removes a bug where raw disk images could not be processed via the GUI
– Updates reporting tool to accommodate recent changes in identify_filenames
– bulk_extractor upgraded to 1.4.4. This addresses a number of issues, including a base64-encoded data handling bug.
– Guymager upgraded to 0.7.3 — many improvements; see
– Moves pre-release install scripts to a staging area

Our updated Quickstart guide can be found in the Documentation folder on the BitCurator environment desktop.

As with previous releases, this environment is built on a 64-bit version of Ubuntu and may be unstable on certain 32-bit host operating systems, or host hardware with less than 4GB of RAM. Please don’t hesitate to post here if you have questions!