Chapter 28. Thumbnails and the Thumbnail Cache

Information in this chapter:

• Thumbnails and the thumbnail cache
• How thumbnails and the thumbnail cache work
• Thumbnails and the thumbnail cache as evidence
When you open a folder like your My Pictures folder, you can view the files in a thumbnail format, like a bunch of small pictures. These small pictures or thumbnails are stored in a special file called a thumbnail cache database. These thumbnail databases can be read using special software and used as evidence in both civil and criminal cases.
Thumbnail caches are used in a wide variety of cases, mostly to attempt to establish whether or not an image file existed on the computer at some point in the past, even if that purpose is to corroborate ...

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