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EFS Encryption

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October 2, 2008 4:43:36 PM

Hello everyone,

I'm in a bit of a bind here. I had a computer that needed to be reformatted.
I had some documents on it that I put into a folder and I put the EFS
Encryption on. Now I know the EFS Encryption leaves behind a file that you
need in order to open that data again. Well, At the time I wasn't thinking
about the encryption key so I went ahead and backed the files up on a USB
disk.

Here comes my dilemma. I need these files back. I have tried just about
every program I can think of but couldn't find anything to decrypt EFS.
Maybe you all know of some that work? Maybe you know of another way to get
them to become un-encrypted? Some of the things I have tried was encrypting
a folder and copying those files over to that folder. Didn't work. Wasn't
even able to move the files off the Hard drive. I tried changing permissions
about a million ways using the command cacls. I even tried a recovery
program to see if there was anyway I could find the OLD encryption key to
unlock those files.

Anyone know of anything that may help? If you do, I will forever be in your
debt.

Thanks,
McKeder

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October 3, 2008 1:08:43 AM

You may have to pay a data forensics or eDsicovery company to hack the encryption.
October 3, 2008 1:30:06 AM

ravenware said:
You may have to pay a data forensics or eDsicovery company to hack the encryption.


Good luck with that, I guess. Their biggest chance is to search for non-overwritten sectors, and hope the old key can be recovered.
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October 3, 2008 12:18:39 PM

hester7 said:
Good luck with that, I guess. Their biggest chance is to search for non-overwritten sectors, and hope the old key can be recovered.


I already tried that. They refused to even touch it. They said "There is no proof they are your files and we can't be held accountable for opening them."

Thats why I posted here :) 
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