Computer Foundations

The goal of this chapter is to cover the low-level basics of how computers operate. In the following chapters of this book, we examine, in detail, how data are stored, and this chapter provides background information for those who do not have programming or operating system design experience. This chapter starts with a discussion about data and how they are organized on disk. We discuss binary versus hexadecimal values and little- and big-endian ordering. Next, we examine the boot process and code required to start a computer. Lastly, we examine hard disks and discuss their geometry, ATA commands, host protected areas, and SCSI.

Part I: Foundations

Digital Investigation Foundations

Computer Foundations

Hard Disk Data Acquisition

Part II: Volume Analysis

Volume Analysis

PC-based Partitions

Server-based Partitions

Multiple Disk Volumes

Part III: File System Analysis

File System Analysis

FAT Concepts and Analysis

FAT Data Structures

NTFS Concepts

NTFS Analysis

NTFS Data Structures

Ext2 and Ext3 Concepts and Analysis

Ext2 and Ext3 Data Structures

UFS1 and UFS2 Concepts and Analysis

UFS1 and UFS2 Data Structures

Summary

Bibliography

Bibliography



File System Forensic Analysis
File System Forensic Analysis
ISBN: 0321268172
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2006
Pages: 184
Authors: Brian Carrier

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