crhis.duensingI think I would have pulled the current hard drive so that it could be turned over to the proper authorities to investigate it.
SamBelcherThere has to be a "chain of custody" for the drive or images to be used as evidence... (This is true in the US, I believe). This probably means that as soon as you see that there has been illegal activty, the drive must be preserved intact. Best bet would probably be to notify the local authorities and let them take the hard drive...
Child porn is one of the few examples of images / material where merely possessing a copy is illegal.
I would definitely notify the business owner, but in some areas you may be required to notify the local police.
jwhitfordI'm no lawyer but I agree here, the hard drive intact is by far the BEST way to deal with this. You've got to have another drive to put in this system temporarily right?
FrankieBoyI have delt with this situation with my local police, you should not remove the drive at all or tamper with it, the whole machine has to be bagged and sealed for eveidence, also in england the original power cable must be attached when bagged, some kind of technicality with the way the law is here.