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Windows 7: $bitmap location

31 Dec 2016   #1
phenix

windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 
$bitmap location

Thanks for any help.
Where is "$bitmap" located in windows 7 pro 64-bit?


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31 Dec 2016   #2
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Are you talking about bmp images files?
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31 Dec 2016   #3
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

$Bitmap is a special hidden metadata file that is part of the NTFS file system. It keeps track of which clusters are free and used. It is not a normal hidden file and cannot be seen in Windows Explorer or similar utility with any settings. It isn't in the normal file system.
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31 Dec 2016   #4
Lance1

Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by phenix View Post
Thanks for any help.
Where is "$bitmap" located in windows 7 pro 64-bit?
$Bitmap is part of the NTFS file system and is hidden. There are programs out there that can show the structure of the NTFS file system like "Encase Forensic Imager" and "MFT Parser". The Table here gives you a description of the metadata files in NTFS. Metadata Files describe the file system. Hope this gives you something to chew on.



$MFT = Store MFT record
$MFTMirr = Contain partial backup of MFT
$LogFile = Transaction logging file
$Volume = Contain volume information such as label, identifier and version
$AttrDef = Attribute definition. Root directory of file system
$Bitmap = Contain the allocation status of all clusters
$Boot = Contain the boot record
$BadClus = Mark clusters as bad clusters
$Secure = Contain information about the security and access control information


Information Sources: To mention just a few...


Analysis of hidden data in the NTFS file system


Forensics: What is the $BitMap?

Forensics: What is the $MFT?
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