NTFS Data Structures

This is the third and final chapter devoted to NTFS, and here we will examine its data structures. The previous two chapters examined the basic concepts of NTFS and how to analyze it. For many, the information covered thus far is sufficient, but others of us want to know more about what is going on. This chapter is organized so that we cover the data structures of the basic elements first and then examine the specific attributes and index types. Lastly, the file system metadata files are covered. Unlike the other file system chapters, this one was written so that it should be read after Chapter 11, "NTFS Concepts," and Chapter 12, "NTFS Analysis." The first part of the chapter can be read in parallel with Chapter 11, but the latter parts should be read after finishing Chapter 12 and having an understanding of the various attributes. Before we begin, remember that there is no official published specification of NTFS. The data structures presented here are from the Linux NTFS group, and as we will see, they match what exists on disk. There could be additional flag values and subtle details, however, that are not known.

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

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