Recovering Files From Unallocated Space

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Recovering data from a hard drive is one of the most common tasks during a computer investigation. Here are a few of the artifacts which computer investigators may retrieve from unallocated (free) space to assist in a case:

* MS Office documents

* Acrobat files (.pdf)

* Email messages and attachments

* Images in various formats

* Internet history (pages visited, searches)

* Registry files (current and past)

* File access records (when and where files were opened)

* Pre-fetch files (when a specific program was ran)

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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