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georgeie88
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 7:32 am    Post subject: Flash Drive Deleted Files Reply with quote

Can you detect that a file on a flash drive has been deleted .and whether it was copied after.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many flash drives use FAT32 so recover is usually straight forward. As for whether it was copied - did you mean "before" it was deleted? If so, it is possible, but not really from the file; you'd have to look for traces of it somewhere else. The access time may be helpful, but that doesn't mean that it was copied.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just recovered several files from a 1GB SanDisk Cruzer Mini that the actor (not a 'suspect' yet) had deleted. Most of the commercial flash devices are probably using FAT32, so it is easily done if the file hasn't been overwritten.

As for copying, uzdcar is correct.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agreed,
Very easy to recover files unless they were overwritten by something else. I recovered some just using a simple hex editor(winhex).
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