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Practical Windows Forensics by Konstantin Sapronov, Ayman Shaaban

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Chapter 6. Filesystem Analysis and Data Recovery

Although there are many automated and commercial tools available nowadays, understanding how these tools perform can distinguish one from another, and this can provide great support during expert testimony in the courtroom. Filesystem analysis and data recovery are considered as the main categories in the digital forensics process. Extracting files from a storage device or recovering deleted ones with evidential related data can solve a case.

In this chapter, we will go through two different filesystems: the FAT and the NTFS. We will basically explain how the files are structured in each one and how the recovery process of deleted files actually works. We will start with the famous TSK or The Sleuth ...

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