Date of Award

Spring 2015

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Computer and Information Technology

First Advisor

Marcus Rogers

Committee Chair

Marcus Rogers

Committee Member 1

Raymond Hansen

Committee Member 2

James Eric Dietz


The purpose of this research was to answer the question, how does the file system of the Xbox One store data on its hard disk? This question is the main focus of the exploratory research and results sought. The research is focused on digital forensic investigators and experts. An out of the box Xbox One gaming console was used in the research. Three test cases were created as viable scenarios an investigator could come across in a search and seizure of evidence. The three test cases were then analyzed individually and cross analyzed with each other for differing digital artifacts. It was found that the Xbox One works off of a UEFI/GPT system with NTFS within each of the five partitions. MD5 and SHA1 hash checksums were used as to view altered, added, and removed files for both integrity checking and test case comparison.