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Thumbs.db no longer exists in Vista. This data has been moved to ''\Users\\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer''
 
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[[Windows]] Vista will save thumbnails for files on a mounted encrypted filesystems.
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[[Windows]] Vista will save thumbnails for files on a mounted encrypted filesystems (except [[Windows Encrypted File System | EFS]]).

Revision as of 11:16, 30 December 2008

Thumbs.db is a file created by Windows when thumbnail view is used. It is a hidden file not viewed by most users and not updated when files are moved from a folder which images have passed through or deleted. This gives a secondary chance that someone will leave behind at least partial evidence of an image in their Windows folders.

The thumbnails in Thumbs.db are stored in a OLE 2 Compound Document format. It's the same format that MS Office uses.

There is a forensic open source application developed at sourceforge called vinetto at http://sourceforge.net/projects/vinetto that can extract them. It does require a python enviornment. Additionally, there are several other Java solutions based around the Jakarta project that is apart of Apache. Additional resources about thumbs.db can be found in a white paper at http://www.accessdata.com/media/en_US/print/papers/wp.Thumbs_DB_Files.en_us.pdf.

MiTeC Windows File Analyzer [1] is a tool for forensic analysis of Thumbnail Databases, Prefetch files, shortcuts, IExplore Index.DAT files and Recycle Bin contents on a Windows system. It will print a report of analyzed files.

Windows Vista

Thumbs.db no longer exists in Vista. This data has been moved to \Users\\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer

Windows Vista will save thumbnails for files on a mounted encrypted filesystems (except EFS).