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Slack area on storage media

David_J._CraigDavid_J._Craig Member Posts: 1,885
How does NTFS handle slack space?

1. Does it always zero out the data in the last cluster or might it be
junk?
2. Any object reuse or ability to activate that capability?
3. Will the data in the slack space be random data from memory or the last
file in that cluster?
4. Any special info about the slack space in files that only exist in the
MFT?

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  • OSR_Community_UserOSR_Community_User Member Posts: 110,217
    > How does NTFS handle slack space?
    >
    > 1. Does it always zero out the data in the last cluster or might it be
    > junk?

    IIRC this is always done by Cc, regardless of the filesystem in question.

    > 4. Any special info about the slack space in files that only exist in the
    > MFT?

    Resident files cannot have slack space by definition.

    Maxim Shatskih, Windows DDK MVP
    StorageCraft Corporation
    xxxxx@storagecraft.com
    http://www.storagecraft.com
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