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Solved: EFS Decryption

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Blaqsense, Oct 27, 2006.

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  1. Blaqsense

    Blaqsense Thread Starter

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    Okay here it goes, I'm running on one of my pc's is Windows XP Pro.....I had a folder with my study guides and resume in a folder called Certtraining...well one day I was playing around with EFS and encrypted the folder along with all it's subfolders on another physical volume say drive E. Well I d/loaded windows media player 11 beta and apparently caught a bad trojan since my system went from normal to super slow. I had my key for the encrypted file on my desktop in a folder and did not back it up to a disk..yeah I know duhhhhhh. Anyways I reformated the C drive since I was unable to repair the bug/trojan/virus (I was running bitdefender but still didn't catch it.ummm??) Well when I had my system back up and running and tried to open the encrypted file I was denied access to my files. I dont have the key to open this file so I'm out of luck unless I place it on a fat drive which I did on the same machine but still was unable to open the folders. Is there another way (Im guessing if I place it on a different machine say windows 98 maybe I can open it...any ideas or is there any tools out there that can decrypt this folder...I need my study guides badddd. Thnks in advance.:confused:
     
  2. Elvandil

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    There is little chance of getting them back. You might try something like Advanced EFS Data Recovery, but by the time the software decrypts the folders, your exams may be long over.
     
  3. DoubleHelix

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    The data is gone. One of the dangers of using EFS. I can guarantee that putting the file on a disk and sticking it in a Windows 98 machine will not work. Think how useless EFS would be if it could be subverted that easily.
     
  4. gurutech

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    gurutech, the poster is not a Recovery Agent. Just an average Joe Home User who turned on EFS and didn't save the key. There is no way to recover the data now. The articles you posted do not apply in this situation.

    Also, an administrator account isn't going to work either. The EFS key is linked to the account under which the files were encrypted. Once the account is gone, so is the ability to recover files. This has nothing to do with administrator rights or NTFS permissions.
     
  6. Blaqsense

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    Okay real quick..I am the administrator, but if you're not the DRA for that particular key it doesn't matter if you do have a key it's not the same key as the former DRA.....yeah I was thinking about the moving the folder to a FAT 32 volume...which I did but the info was garbled....oh well time to rebuild my folders again. Thnks this post is CLOSED!
     
  7. gurutech

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    DoubleHelix - if you read my post, I said it is possible to recover the EFS files IF THE USER IS A RECOVERY AGENT. I never said he was.
     
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