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Cannot decrypt

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  1. deadtetra

    deadtetra Thread Starter

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    I have an external drive that was set to encrypt all files from the get-go, I have no problem accessing my files, but I have now decided to decrypt them since I may be installing win 7 soon...

    The operating system I am using is the same i encrypted the files with, never re-installed xp or anything like that (from searching for help on this issue the ONLY thing I can find is people who have re-installed windows and then cannot decrypt)...

    I get an access denied error whenever I try to decrypt the hard drive... But like I said I have absolutely no problem accessing them.

    I tried to copy one of the files from my external to my main drive and it copied flawlessly and was not encrypted after the copy was complete, but I have over a terabyte of info on this drive and copying every file is simply impractical.

    I have full admin rights on the only account on my XP so I'm confused as to why I'm getting an access denied error?

    Any help on this is greatly appreciated! Thank you.
     
  2. Elvandil

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    Of course, an administrator has a large number of restrictions, too. Have permissions been altered at all on the drive?

    Can you decrypt a single file?

    How did you encrypt the drive?
     
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    I have no trouble encrypting/decrypting on my main drive, and I can encrypt anything on my external but once it's decrypted, as soon as I attempt to decrypt I get access denied.

    Decrypting a single file on the external gets access denied as well...

    I encrypted the drive by right clicking on the drive properties/advanced/ticing encrypt contents to secure data, then ticing the "encrypt all folders and sub-folders box"

    So, the only drive I'm having this issue on is my external... And I run chkdsk on this drive at least once a month (sometimes more) and I never find anything wrong with it...

    How can I increase the privileges of my admin account?
     
  4. Elvandil

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    You're positive that you have the key right? Did you use a different one for the external?

    Check the security tab for the drive to see if you own it.
     
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    I checked the tab and it says I'm the owner...

    I've never changed the key? Wouldn't even know how too...

    Although when I checked to see if I was the owner it says:

    "This CA Root certificate is not trusted. To enable trust, install this certificate in the Trusted Root Certification Authorities store."

    Would that have something to do with my problem? I don't even know what that means haha...
     
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    And no I did nothing differently then I have with the rest of my drives... Same OS, never re-installed or anything like that...

    The only major thing I even did was update about a dozen drivers a couple months ago that caused some issues but I thought I resolved the mess that caused (I rolled back a couple new drivers that did more harm then good and my system ran fine after that), encrytion has nothing to do with drivers though do they??
     
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