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Iomega Disks

Before a media object can be imaged it first must be recorded in the collection’s media log in CMS. See Verifying inventory in Media Log for instructions.

This section covers imaging with FTK Imager. Iomega disks are usually imaged with FTK Imager. Use FTK Imager when creating a disk image of a hard drive or removable media.

Build destination directories

These instructions show you how to create destination directories for a number of consecutive disks. Consider using a one-line command to create directories if the disks you are packaging do not have consecutive MediaID numbers.

  • Open Cygwin and enter the following commands:
  • Connect to ARCHV Mac.
    $ ssh archv
  • Change to diskImage directory.
    $ diskimages
  • Create a directory for your collection if it does not exist.
    $ mkdir M1111
  • Change into your collection directory.
    $ cd M1111
  • Run the program to build structured directories. The program will ask you for your collection name and the first and last number of items of the directories you’d like to build.
    $ makesips

Image disks

  • Connect the Iomega drive to the FRED’s Tableau Ultrabay. See Using Tableau Write Blockers for instructions.
  • Open CMS and locate the collection that you will be working with. Navigate to the electronic records view through the collection management screen. Click on the media number that you are going to image from the “other objects” list. Check in with Digital Preservation staff if the media object is not listed in CMS.*
  • Start FTK Imager from the FRED’s launch bar and select Create New Image from the application’s file menu.
  • Select Physical Image and click next.
  • Select the drive to be imaged from the drop down menu and click finish.
  • Select E01 form the image type menu and click next.
  • Type the collection ID in the Case number field, the media ID in the Evidence number field, and your name in the Examiner field. Click next.
  • Using the browse button, select the objects folder in the correct collection directory (e.g. Staging/ingest/diskImages/M1111/M1111-0004/objects). Enter the media ID into the Image Filename field. Ensure that the image fragment size is set to 0 and the compression field is set to 9. Click finish.
  • Ensure all check boxes are checked and click Start to begin the imaging process.

FTK Imager will approximate the time needed to image the media.

  • Make sure that the checksums match on the complete screen, if not imaging was not successful.
  • Enter the following information about the image in CMS under Image Metadata:

interface: Tableau UltraBay

imaging software: FTK Imager [version number]

image successful:Yes | No

image filename: M11111-3332

image format: E01

imaged by: select your name from the dropdown

  • Select the current date under Progress for the Imaging done and metadata extracted fields.



  • Open Cygwin and enter the following commands:
  • Connect to ARCHV Mac.
    $ ssh archv
  • Change to the diskImages directory and change directory to the objects folder for the media object.
    $ diskimages
    $cd M1111/M1111-0004/objects
  • Run disktype on the disk image to get the file system metadata.
    $ disktype M1111-0004.E01
  • Copy the file system information data into the media objects CMS record.
  • Run program to move metadata files to metadata directory.
    $ movemetadata