preserving email for legal issues

Our company is currently involved in some litigation with an employee.  We have email that will help our case.  We backup all users' email to the network disk.  Our lawyer is trying to get us to talk to some company that does electrnonic forensics.  I feel we don't need that kind of service.  It seems to me that our back of email should be just find in court.  Is there something I am not aware of regarding backups?  Does the original date on the file get changed somehow ont the file where it would not hold up in court?  What would be the best way to electronically copy portions of the email file for our legal case?
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TG_TechConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Actually both, depending on the scope of the situation.  

We go through the same discussion about 2-4 times a year.  

The restored data from backup usually provides the necessary recovery strategy, but the forensics on the local hard drive will encapsulate all email - in and out of house.  The forensics on the local hard drive also provides individual files that may support your case.
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apache09Commented:
Speaking from Experience, backing up the users Mailbox Archvie.pst should be sufficient enough.
Then you can save it somewhere on the network or copy to CD or DVD.

Works for not only situations as above but since staff always seem to use their email as a makeshift document management system, if staff leave and a new Staff member or employee takes their place you have that email archive that they may be able to work off of or use the information contained.



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