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Windows Encryption

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I have some time sheets on an external hard drive that I forgot to decrypt when I did a motherboardcpu swap and reinstall of Windows 7. Is there anyway to get them back just in case I need access to them in the future?
post #2 of 6
If you installed Windows 7 on the hard drive, there may be a chance of the some of the data still being there and unencrypted. You could try decrypting it with whatever program you used, but all the data on it is likely dead.

edit: igonore this, I think I misread.
Edited by Art Vanelay - 1/20/13 at 9:20am
post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
I used the built in windows stuff.
post #4 of 6
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Originally Posted by Poisoner View Post

I used the built in windows stuff.
In the future, you should probably use truecrypt; it's more secure since it's open source.

I'm not really sure how the built in encryption works. Are you saying that you reinstalled windows and have a hard drive that was encrypted with the last installation of Windows? If that's the case, and you know the password, you should just be able to decrypt it, if Windows encryption is like any other encryption program.
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The key to unlock the encryption key is stored in the user profile (the user password is unrelated). If you erase Windows, you also erase that key (which is why you always need to take a backup of it). There exist software that can scan your hard drive sector by sector to try and find old keys, but if it has been overwritten...
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I think I will be okay if I just find all the emails where I emailed the files.
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