Is File Slack Transferrable?

Discussion in 'privacy technology' started by rubberducky, Mar 9, 2010.

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  1. rubberducky

    rubberducky Registered Member

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    Let's say my hard drive is divided into 8kb clusters. I have a 6kb file resides in a cluster. So, inside the cluster I have 6kb file and 2kb slack left over. Let's say the slack contains my Social Security Number. If I copy the file to another drive, will the file slack that contains SSN be copied over too? Assume both hard drives have the same cluster size.
     
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    stackz Registered Member

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    No, just the 6kb.
     
  3. Pleonasm

    Pleonasm Registered Member

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    Rubberducky, there is one case in which the original file slack should be intact on the destination drive: if the copy operation is done using an image backup application (e.g., ShadowProtect Desktop). In this situation, entire clusters are backed-up and restored.
     
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