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File System Forensic Analysis by Brian Carrier

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Chapter 9. FAT Concepts and Analysis

The File Allocation Table (FAT) file system is one of the most simple file systems found in common operating systems. FAT is the primary file system of the Microsoft DOS and Windows 9x operating systems, but the NT, 2000, and XP line has defaulted to the New Technologies File System (NTFS), which is discussed later in the book. FAT is supported by all Windows and most Unix operating systems and will be encountered by investigators for years to come, even if it is not the default file system of desktop Windows systems. FAT is frequently found in compact flash cards for digital cameras and USB “thumb drives.” Many people are familiar with the basic concepts of the FAT file system but may not be aware of data ...

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