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EnCE EnCase Computer Forensics: The Official EnCase Certified Examiner Study Guide, 3rd Edition by Steve Bunting

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NTFS Basics

Another file system used by the Windows operating system, starting with Windows NT, is New Technology File System (NTFS). NTFS, compared to the FAT file system, is more robust, providing stronger security, greater recoverability, and better performance with regard to read, write, and search capabilities. Among other features, it includes support for long filenames, a highly granular system of file permissions and access control, and compression of individual files and directories. Accordingly, it is a far more complex file system. Covering it with the level of detail I have afforded the FAT system would not be feasible. Therefore, our purpose here is to provide a brief overview.

NTFS (version 1.0, also dubbed NT3.1) first rolled ...

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