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Creating EFS keys

by ios02115 / September 14, 2008 11:28 AM PDT

Recently my laptop hard drive crashed and the disk is not recoverable.
All my documents were encrypted using EFS. Luckily I backed up all my data using the windows backup utility but I can't seem to restore the data to a hard drive so that it is bootable.
I have a full copy of my data siting on a new Windows installation and I was wondering if I could create the EFS key by accessing the system files?

Or can I import the key straight from the backed up windows directory?

In short I'd like to access my encrypted files.

Can you help me out?

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Here's the company we used last time.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 14, 2008 11:43 AM PDT
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Yup
by ios02115 / September 15, 2008 8:04 AM PDT

Asking myself the same question...I'm thinking that it just wasn't evident that the key must be created when encryption was turned on.

Is there any way to restore the original user or the encryption key given that I have access to the whole contents of the original c: drive?

I've already tried restoring it to various hard drives but the restore doesn't seem to work very well. I've to original location and to a a specific directory (external usb hard drive). Neither seem to work.

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Is there any way to restore the original user or the encryp
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 15, 2008 9:13 AM PDT
In reply to: Yup

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Is there any way to restore the original user or the encryption key given that I have access to the whole contents of the original c: drive?
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Yes, http://www.lostpassword.com has a tool to restore access. If you didn't backup the key then its gone and we use them to get back into the files.
Bob

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One other program as well...
by ios02115 / September 19, 2008 12:19 PM PDT
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Direct link.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 19, 2008 1:12 PM PDT
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