Windows OS Forensics Learning Path

Learn about windows file systems, Fat32, ExFat, and NTFS.

7 hours, 33 minutes

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About Windows OS Forensics

The student will learn how these systems store data, what happens when a file gets written to disc, what happens when a file gets deleted from disc, and how to recover deleted files. The student will learn how to correctly interpret the information in the file system data structures, giving the student a better understanding of how these file systems work. This knowledge will enable students to validate the information from multiple forensic tools properly.



Windows OS Forensics Skill Assessment

Assessment - 47 questions

Bits, Bytes, Endienness

Course - 00:24:00

This knowledge allows the student to interpret data at the hex and binary levels. This skill is necessary to validate forensic software tools and also gives the student an understanding of where to locate the data displayed by their forensic software. This information is notably beneficial for court proceedings.
Disk Partition Schemas

Course - 01:15:00

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.
The FAT File System

Course - 02:05:00

The student develops an understanding of how the Fat file system writes a file to a drive and deletes a file from a drive. With this knowledge, the examiner can recover deleted data or recover data from a reformatted drive.
The NTFS File System

Course - 01:22:00

This course explains how the file system organizes information and where data s located on the drive. It also covers where the metadata for the file is stored, and the changes that occur at a file system level when someone deletes or creates a file.
The ex-fat File System

Course - 01:11:00

Students will also learn how the file system tracks files, where it stores the file metadata, and how to recover deleted data.
Windows Registry Forensics

Course - 01:06:00

It includes how to examine the live registry, the location of the registry files on the forensic image, and how to extract files. After examining the files with forensic tools, the student can locate relevant artifacts such as USB device connection times, recently used documents, program last run times, and programs set to run at startup.

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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How to claim CPEs

Should you complete this learning path, you’ll be able to download a certificate of completion. Use this to claim your CPEs or CPUs.

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