Definitions Edit

Free space is

the area on media that is not allocated to any partition; it includes unallocated clusters or blocks. This often includes space on the media where files (and even entire volumes) may have resided at one point but have since been deleted. The free space may still contain pieces of data.[1]
file clusters that are not currently used for the storage of 'live' files, but which may contain data which has been 'deleted' by the operating system. In such cases, whole or part files may be recoverable unless the user has used specialist disk cleaning software.[2]

References Edit

  1. NIST Special Publication 800-86, at 4-5.
  2. Good Practice Guide for Computer-Based Electronic Evidence, at 56.

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