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  • EFS Decryption

    *Note: This was previously posted as a reply to another thread.

    I'm having a problem with EFS. I inadvertently encrypted a directory under Windows 2000. I backed up the 'Documents and Settings' folders (but did not export any keys) before reformatting the hard drive, and was left with quite a number of encryption keys in various locations. I've now switched to XP, and am unable to decrypt the encrypted files (which are still on another drive - I've not been able to move them). Advanced EFS Recovery doesn't do the trick, and I've tried moving the old key files to the XP locations where I presume they should be, but again without success. Is there any way around this problem?

    Many thanks for any advice.

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    Re: EFS Decryption

    IIRC encryption keys are tied to account SIDs so as far as I know you have very few options available. You've tried EFS recovery so I think your data may be lost for ever.

    Someone please tell me otherwise!

    Tom
    Tom Jones
    MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
    PhD, MSc, FIAP, MIITT
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    Ossian Ltd
    Scotland

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