ProDiscover Basic is a free digital forensics tool that allows you to create and view disk images, analyze file systems, and recover deleted files. ProDiscover Basic is compatible with Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X platforms. However, ProDiscover Basic does not have a native Mac version, so you will need to use a virtual machine or a dual-boot system to run it on your Mac.
In this article, we will show you how to use ProDiscover Basic for Mac using a virtual machine. A virtual machine is a software that simulates a different operating system on your computer. You will need to install a virtual machine software such as VirtualBox or VMware Fusion on your Mac, and then install Windows on the virtual machine. You will also need to download ProDiscover Basic from the official website[^1^] and install it on the Windows virtual machine.
Once you have set up your virtual machine and installed ProDiscover Basic, you can launch the program and start using it for your digital forensics tasks. You can create disk images of your Mac hard drive or external devices by selecting the \"Create Image\" option from the \"File\" menu. You can also open existing disk images by selecting the \"Open Image\" option from the same menu. ProDiscover Basic supports various image formats such as E01, DD, AFF, and RAW.
After opening a disk image, you can view its contents in the \"Explorer\" tab. You can browse through the folders and files, and view their properties such as name, size, type, date modified, and hash value. You can also filter the files by name, extension, size, date, or hash using the \"Filter\" option from the \"View\" menu. You can also search for specific files using the \"Search\" option from the same menu.
One of the main features of ProDiscover Basic is its ability to recover deleted files. You can view the deleted files in the \"Deleted Files\" tab. You can select the files you want to recover and right-click on them to choose the \"Recover\" option. You can then specify a destination folder where you want to save the recovered files.
ProDiscover Basic also allows you to analyze file systems and partitions in the \"Analysis\" tab. You can view information such as file system type, cluster size, total sectors, free sectors, slack space, and unallocated space. You can also view a graphical representation of the disk layout and partitions in the \"Disk Map\" tab.
ProDiscover Basic is a useful tool for digital forensics enthusiasts who want to perform basic tasks such as creating and viewing disk images, analyzing file systems, and recovering deleted files. However, if you need more advanced features such as encryption support, password cracking, data carving, timeline analysis, or report generation, you may want to upgrade to ProDiscover Forensics[^2^], which is a paid version of ProDiscover with more capabilities.
In this section, we will show you how to upgrade to ProDiscover Forensics from ProDiscover Basic. ProDiscover Forensics is a more powerful and comprehensive digital forensics software that offers many features that are not available in ProDiscover Basic. Some of the features of ProDiscover Forensics are:
Encryption support: ProDiscover Forensics can decrypt and analyze encrypted disk images and partitions, such as BitLocker, FileVault, TrueCrypt, and VeraCrypt.
Password cracking: ProDiscover Forensics can crack passwords of various file types and applications, such as ZIP, RAR, PDF, MS Office, Outlook, and Windows.
Data carving: ProDiscover Forensics can recover files from unallocated space and slack space by searching for file signatures and headers.
Timeline analysis: ProDiscover Forensics can create a timeline of events based on file system metadata, such as creation, modification, and access dates.
Report generation: ProDiscover Forensics can generate professional and customizable reports in HTML, PDF, or XML formats.
To upgrade to ProDiscover Forensics, you will need to purchase a license from the official website. You will receive an email with a download link and a license key. You will need to download and install ProDiscover Forensics on your Windows virtual machine. You will also need to uninstall ProDiscover Basic from your virtual machine. You can then activate ProDiscover Forensics using the license key you received.
Once you have upgraded to ProDiscover Forensics, you can enjoy the benefits of a more advanced and complete digital forensics software. You can perform more complex and in-depth investigations using the features of ProDiscover Forensics. You can also access technical support and updates from the developers of ProDiscover. ec8f644aee