Disk Partition Schemas Course

This course demonstrates the difference between the master boot record and the GUID partition table.

1 hour, 15 minutes

Course description

This information gives the student an understanding of where to locate both partitions and data on the drive. The forensic student learns how to interpret the master boot record and locate the volume boot record for each volume on the drive.


Solid state Disks

Video - 00:03:00

This video highlights the forensic issues with solid state disks.
GPT partition Schema

Video - 00:26:00

This video shows the layout of the guid partition schema.
MBR partition Schema

Video - 00:26:00

This video shows the layout of the master partition schema.
Active Disk Editor

Video - 00:08:00

This video teaches how to use the tool Active Disk Editor to find and interpret data on a drive.
Sectors and Clusters

Video - 00:07:00

This video defines what sectors and cluster are and how they get laid out on a drive.
Physical Vs. Logical Drives

Video - 00:05:00

This video teaches the difference between physical and logical drives.

Meet the author

Denise Duffy

In addition to being an Infosec instructor, Denise Duffy teaches computer forensics worldwide to European law enforcement through the European Anti-Fraud Office. During her 25-year career at the Middletown Police Department, Denise underwent extensive training in specialized computer and mobile device forensics, including widespread access data courses, multiple IACIS trainings, U.S. Secret Service Training at the National Computer Forensics Institute, BlackBag Technologies Training, many National White Collar Crime (NW3C) courses, an X-Ways online course and considerable Internet Crimes Against Children Training (ICAC) courses.

Denise currently holds the following certifications: CFCE (Certified Forensic Computer Examiner), CCFE (Certified Computer Forensics Examiner), CMFE (Certified Mobile Forensics Examiner) and CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker). She is most proud of her two sons who joined the U.S. Military, as Denise is a Desert Shield/Desert Storm veteran herself.

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