What is $Boot?
The $Boot is known as the Volume Boot Record, or Volume Boot Sector, or Parition Boot Sector. It stores a vareity of important informaiton, including:
- Size of the partition
- location of the MFT for the partition
- location of the MFT mirror for the parition
$Boot is the first file in a volume, and for the first parition on a drive this will normally reside at sector 63. The exact location of the $Boot file is described in the MBR (Master Boot Record) which is on sector 0 (zero) of a hard drive.
A video showing a manual investigation of the $Boot, using EnCase, is featured below: