History of Copystation
The Copystation was designed and built in 2003 by the director of Mercia Solutions while employed at Westpoint Peripherals in conjunction with the director of Westpoint Peripherals. Due to the main parts no longer being manufactured the CopyStation is no longer supportable.
The MediaStation has replaced the Copystation and offers faster performance and optional network connectivity removing the need for Optical Media.
The CopyStation is for Crime Scene Investigators who are gathering Digital Camera or Video evidence to create secure copies of Memory Cards to Write Once CD or DVD Media that cannot be overwritten or modified.
The procedure is considered 'best practice', to safely maintain the integrity of evidence before presentation in court and to counter claims sometimes made by defence lawyers that digital evidence may have been tampered with.
The CopyStation has a Universal Memory Card Reader that reads many popular memory cards. It also has two or three CD/DVD Recorders so that the Memory Card Image can be copied to Write Once Media. A MASTER copy is made containing a single binary image of the memory card and can be sealed as evidence, a WORKING copy is then made for use by investigators. The unit has only two buttons for simplicity and a small screen to assist the operator or to display pictures. After copies have been made a final check is performed comparing the CD or DVD copy with the original memory card and after successfully passing this stage can securely erase the complete memory card for reuse, thus ensuring that current data does not get transferred to future investigations.
A Rugged Copystation is available to be taken to the investigation scene and can be powered from a vehicle battery or from mains power. It is robust and has a clip-on cover to protect the unit from damage and the weather.
An office based Desktop CopyStation, is available where the memory cards are copied back at the office. It is a stand alone unit and does not require additional keyboard and screen connections.
In addition to the good practice procedures that the CopyStation encourages, other important benefits are the simplicity and ease of use of the unit. The photographer merely inserts the memory card into the unit and presses one button to initiate the process. Whilst the copies are being made the operator is free to handle other tasks, to study the crime scene or to take a break.
Further modules to the basic functions of the CopyStation already described are:
Create VIEWER CD/DVD's with stand alone viewer software utility included.
Scan Memory Cards looking for lost or hidden data following formatting or deletion.
Duplicate Media to make urgent extra copies of the WORKING or VIEWER disks.
An alternative solution would be to use a laptop computer to make the copies, but this is more fragile and has to be set up with many buttons and mouse clicks using several software programs. This takes considerably longer and can lead to errors. The data on the memory card can be inadvertently corrupted due to the Windows Operating System Date being written to the card, or data can be corrupted due to many other reasons which include virus infection or operator modifications being carried out.
The CopyStation software has been produced to monitor and check accuracy at each stage during the process. Additional features or customisation can be added by request.
Supported Digital Card Media:
Compact Flash I (CF I), Compact Flash II (CF II), IBM Microdrive (MD), Smart Media Card (SM/SMC), Secure Digital card (SD), Multi Media Card (MMC), Memory Stick (MS), Memory Stick Pro (MSP), and others via approved adapters all sizes up to 4GB.