File carving, and carving data from unallocated space Course

Explore unallocated space and file carving.

1 hour, 32 minutes

Course description

This course defines what unallocated space is. The student examiner learns how to carve data from unallocated space and explores the importance of file headers when doing so.


Project solutions

File - 00:10:00

Project challenges

File - 00:10:00

Project hints

Video - 00:22:00

Project walkthrough

Video - 00:04:00

Automated file carving

Video - 00:07:00

This video shows the learner how to use automated tools to recover file and folders.
Manual file-carving techniques

Video - 00:28:00

This video thoroughly explains how to manually recover deleted file and folders from an operating system.
Physical versus logical file size

Video - 00:04:00

This video describes the difference between physical and logical file size and the impact this has on file recovery.
File headers and slack space

Video - 00:07:00

This video will define file slack and file headers and show how to use this knowledge to recover deleted information.

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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