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EFS encryped files

by jim_holland / November 1, 2009 9:10 PM PST

Lost my boot drive to hardware crash. System BIOS does not even see it and will not let new boot drive work if installed as a slave.

Using XP Pro with latest service packs and had an external USB drive for my data. The problem is most of my data was in encrypted folders.

Murphy's law says that of course I don't have backup's of the certificates needed to let the most popular decryption program recover the data.

After much searching find I have 2 options.
1) Find better decryption software (I found out that Micro$oft and the government has some, unadvertised of course).

2) Find a hard drive data recovery company and send it them so they can either recover my old OS and/or certificates then use publicly available software to recover the data on my USB drive. Some reviews of these type companies make me wonder if I can trust their price quotes.

So I can recover my data, but option 2 is costly and time consuming and I am not sure of the best company.

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Here's the cheap fix.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 1, 2009 9:19 PM PST
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will not work
by jim_holland / November 2, 2009 1:38 AM PST
In reply to: Here's the cheap fix.

Tried the free demo and contacted their sales staff and they verified their stuff will not work in this case.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 2, 2009 1:47 AM PST
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What's different? I've used this for years on EFS. Was something odd done or other than EFS used?

Sorry to read about your loss. What happened to not get those certificates or better yet, why use EFS since it's dangerous!

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by jim_holland / November 2, 2009 2:14 AM PST
In reply to: Werd.

The reason is the hard drive with the security certificates must be in the system and scalable.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 2, 2009 2:24 AM PST
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For years I've brought back EFS files with that company. I'm left to guess that there are other factors and a story untold here.

Sorry to hear about your loss.

But did this event help your company develop a better disaster plan?

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by jim_holland / November 2, 2009 7:17 AM PST
In reply to: scalable?

It is basically an external drive on a new system as far as XP and other software is concerned.

Since the public/private certificates that I have access to will be different. The 'passwords' I need are on the drive that is so broken that it will not let me boot if I put it in the system too.

Using TrueCrypt now and was moving the data to that hidden volume on the external drive when the main drive failed. So I was able to recover a few files that were inside that.

Since I am a private consultant that handles other external jobs too, my

The other produce I have tried is Advanced EFS Data Recovery. It would work IF my old drive was 'scan-able'.

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Ah, TrueCrypt
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 2, 2009 9:52 AM PST
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That changes everything. Even with a non bootable drive, as long as I could copy the files out then EFS protected files came back.

But that's not why I write. Having seen too many TrueCrypt failures I would not be using that either.

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back to orginial question.
by jim_holland / November 2, 2009 11:25 AM PST
In reply to: Ah, TrueCrypt

1) Software that I do not know about
2) Hard drive data recovery service then software I do know about

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Who I'd ask next.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 2, 2009 8:45 PM PST

If this is Truecrypt, ask them.

But the lesson is clear here. To avoid overstimulating that raw nerve I won't write it here.

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Not a TrueCrypt issue.
by jim_holland / November 2, 2009 9:25 PM PST
In reply to: Who I'd ask next.

TrueCrypt works fine. It was just part of what was on my external hard drive. That data I recovered with no problem.

I am assuming since the software you suggested worked for you, that you did not continue to look and don't know of another package that might work for me. I know the software exists, tho don't know if it is for sale to the public.

Have you ever used or heard good things about a specific hard drive data recovery lab?

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You're rigtht.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 2, 2009 9:31 PM PST
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After a decade of getting files back we don't keep looking for alternatives. As to a lab, is used. Again they always do the job so we don't shop around there either.

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Anyone else?
by jim_holland / November 7, 2009 6:48 AM PST
In reply to: You're rigtht.

I will try the data savers after a little more looking to software to do the job.

Does anyone else know of something that might work?

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