Photocopiers (aka Xerox machines, after the company who initially patented them) have been for some decades the main way of copying documents, diagrams and even photos. The method used was called xerography (from the Greek words that means dry printing).
However, today's copiers work on a totally different level. Being digitized in every aspect, copiers scan a document (or bulk of documents) and save them in a hard disk as image, Adobe PDF or other word document files. Then the copier can produce as many hard copies as required, like a laser printer
The most advanced copiers keep information like the user name from which a document originated, the computer that sent it, the number of copies printed, time and date stamps etc.
Printers, especially enterprise ones, work on the same premises. Multi-users send documents often at the same time. These documents are stored locally on a hard drive, enter a print queue and are phisically printed when it is their turn.
Many companies lease (rent) multi-copier/printer machines for a period of time. What you may not realize is that a wealth of your sensitive details is left available for whoever gets hold of the copier's magnetic media.
If you need an investigation and do not have the experience in accessing this information, or if your copier has broken down, and you need to retrieve important information, Strathclyde Forensics can provide you with the support you need. You will also need our services in order to permanently delete any sensitive information if you are returning a leased printer/copier.
Feel free to contact us for a non-obligation free consultation.