Encrypted drive problem

Hello,
i reformatted my hard drive, but now i can access my document folder because the hard drive was encrypted before the reformat. how do i get access to the encrypted folder
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  1. joeboyo said:
    Hello,
    i reformatted my hard drive, but now i can access my document folder because the hard drive was encrypted before the reformat. how do i get access to the encrypted folder

    I assume you mean "can't access"

    Here is a Microsoft article, but doesn't sound promising: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_xp-files/how-do-i-access-a-previously-encrypted-my/03031606-1635-4444-96fe-1c5582146410
  2. Explain a bit here, if you format the hard-drive you lose the document folder unless you have it on another drive.

    If you have your document stored in another drive, and you formatted your Windows setup and you did not backup your encryption key, you pretty much lost anything stored in the encrypted drive.

    Take a look here, maybe some of the steps people tried can help you http://www.astahost.com/info.php/Windows-Xp-Folder-Encryption-Key_t13346.html

    Encryption is a pretty strong way to protect data, the whole point of it is that if someone gets a hold of the drive, or tries to hack into the files, they can't. That high level of protection also means that when working with encrypted folders you keep a backup of the encryption key in a safe place, and are careful with how you deal with Windows and user accounts.

    It's like locking something into an unbreakable box, with an upbreakable lock, and you only make sure you have ONE key that can open it to make sure only you can open the lock. Then you forget the key in your pants when you throw them away. Next thing you know, you're asking around how you can break your unbreakable lock.
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