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File Types

The Cado platform supports the processing of a wide range of evidence types. These may differ slightly based on your cloud platform.

AWS Capture Formats

  • EC2 (Including AMI, EBS Snapshots and Volumes)
  • S3 Storage (normal and glacier)
  • AWS Kubernetes (ECS and EKS)
  • AWS Lambda

Azure Capture Formats

  • Virtual Machines
  • Disks
  • Storage Containers
  • Container Blobs
  • Kubernetes (AKS)

GCP Capture Formats

  • Compute Engine
  • Disks
  • Storage Buckets
  • Kubernetes (GKE)

Storage Formats

In addition to native capture support for machines and data running/stored in the cloud, Cado also supports processing of the following local evidence formats.

Storage Media

  • .E01, and split E01
  • .VHD and .VHDX
  • .DD (Optionally .GZ Compressed)
  • .GZ / .Tar / .Zip
  • .VMDK (Partial Support*)
  • Other forensic triage artifacts collected by EDR Tools or Cado Host

To import a compressed dd image, compress with Gzip and add .gz to the extension. (example: disk.dd.gz)

Limitations and Notes

  • Currently, split E01 format disks are supported in AWS only. Importing zipped split E01s is not supported.
  • VMDK's are partially supported as the file format contains many different sub-formats. If possible, we recommend converting to dd format before importing.
  • If you import a zip, it will be treated as a container of files unless it is a zip of a single file.

Volume Systems

  • GPT
  • LVM
  • MBR
  • Volume Shadow Snapshots (VSS)

File Systems

  • ext version 2, 3, 4
  • FAT
  • NTFS version 3
  • XFS version 4, 5
  • Apple File System (APFS)

Cado can also import a number of other disk image and file formats that are not listed here; however, these evidence types and file formats are not officially supported. If you have a filetype that you would like to see supported, please reach out to and let us know.