Universal Forensic Extraction Device Data
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What is a UFD file?
A UFD file contains data extracted from a smartphone or other device using Cellebrite UFED or Cellebrite Physical Analyzer. For example, a UFD file may contain a copy of all the messages, pictures, and videos stored on a phone. Digital forensics professionals use UFD files to examine, report on, and share a device's contents.
Cellebrite publishes programs that allow law enforcement professionals to extract, analyze, and share investigation-related data. For example, a digital forensics investigator can use Cellebrite Physical Analyzer to extract data from a suspect's smartphone, compile the contents of that data into a report (.UFDR file), and share the report with other departments.
Both Cellebrite Physical Analyzer and UFED (Universal Forensic Extraction Device) save all the data extracted from a device in a single UFD file. Investigators can then load this file and analyze the data it contains while building a case in Physical Analyzer. Optionally, investigators can save multiple extractions in a .UFDX file, to make it easier to load all the extractions at once in Physical Analyzer.
How to open a UFD file
You can open a UFD file while opening or editing a case in Cellebrite Physical Analyzer (Windows). For example, while opening a case, select Add → Load extraction on the Load evidence screen to load a UFD file.
You can also open a UFD file with MOBILedit Forensic Express (Windows) or Oxygen Forensics Detective (Windows).