File System Analysis

File system analysis examines data in a volume (i.e., a partition or disk) and interprets them as a file system. There are many end results from this process, but examples include listing the files in a directory, recovering deleted content, and viewing the contents of a sector. Recall that analyzing the contents of a file is application-level analysis and is not covered in this book. In this chapter, we look at the general design of file systems and different analysis techniques. This chapter approaches the topic in an abstract fashion and is not limited to how a specific tool analyzes a file system. Instead, we discuss the analysis in general terms. The remaining nine chapters discuss how specific file systems are designed and what is unique about them with respect to digital investigations.

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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