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How can I recover files from a formatted drive which was encrypted by bitlocker.

Q: How can I recover files from a formatted drive which was encrypted by bitlocker.

I accidently formatted one of my drives which was previously encrypted.
I tried some third party software as "recover my file" but it didn't work.
Later then, I experimented on a formatted (not encrypted before) usb drive to recover files by same software and it did work.
After that, I encrypted the usb drive and then formatted it. Then I tried to recover by same software, but it didn't work. So, it's apparent that it is not possible to recover from a encrypted and formatted drive by a usual recovery software. Is there any
other method that can help me.
Please inform, I'm in a dire need.

Preferred Solution: How can I recover files from a formatted drive which was encrypted by bitlocker.

I recommend downloading and running DRP. It's a recovery tool that has been proven to recover files that most other programs have no luck with. I've even recovered files from freshly formatted or partitioned drives.

You can download it direct from this link http://goo.gl/v51TwD. (This link will automatically start a download of DRP that you can save to your computer.)

A: How can I recover files from a formatted drive which was encrypted by bitlocker.


I suggest you contact the local data recovery company to recover the data. Thank you for your understanding.


Vincent Wang
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Sorry for my english. I formatted my bitlocker encrypted patition (80GB, about 30GB of data).
I lost all of my data on that patition.
How can i recover data? I dont have recovery key, but i remember the password.
Thanks in advance!

A:How do i recover files from formatted BitLocker encrypted patition

Have a look whether you have a restore point from before you did the encryption. Maybe you can get the files from there. See here how:

ShadowExplorer - Recover Lost Files and Folders

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I need advices about how can I solve my issue:

I have an external drive. I started the encryption drive with bitlocker, during encryption process,
the drive has been disconnected so I wasn?t able to continue the encryption process.

Now, the drive is partially encrypted. When I want to access the drive, I got the error message
?Encryption Failed to recover from an abruptly terminated conversion?.

I would like a procedure to recover the remaining data: encrypted and non encrypted

I used M3 Bitlocker Recovery but the tool freezes, I am currently trying TestDisk 7.0. Analysis
is in progress.

You'll find attached screenshots and detailed description of the situation.

I have the passwords & recovery keys

ps: I cant attach screenshots

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Hello Dears. I had encrypted my drive by Bitlocker in windows 7. 
few days after my friend did quick format in my encrypted drive.
my 300 gb of data lost. and nothing saved
i remember unlock password. 
how can i recover my data ??? i need my data
i tried drive recovering tools (advanced EFS data recovery, easeus . . ,) . but . . . it's encrypted and formatted drive. 
can i undo quick format and decrypt ???
sorry my english is not good.
someone help me please. 

A:Can i recover lost data from encrypted drive by Bitlocker

BitLocker is not the cause of failed to recover files. Format a drive will clear all data saved on the hard disk. Thus recovery formatted data will be a hard disk based technology but not related to operation system. There is no build-in data recovery feature in Windows operations. So we will needto use third party recovery tool or contact third party data recovery company for current issue.

As recovery missing data service will be expensive, we can also check emails and contact friends to see if that can help get a part of files back especially for photos, documents etc.

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Hi folks,
Just came across a scenario for one of our customer. 

Trying to recover data off a drive that is bitlocker encrypted. No recovery key available to get pass bitlocker and access the drive.
Please advise if I reinstall OS preserving the old data in windows.old folder; will I be able to get the access the windows.old folder afterwards to get the data off it.

Thanks in Advance

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I decrypted my flash drive but some of the files are still encrypted and cannot open, says no permission. How do I decrypt individual files if the whole decryption did not decrypt everything on the drive? Tried unchecking the encrypt contents to secure
data and that produced an error, the specified file could not be decrypted.

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I had stored the PFX files once I had created the password, now I have formatted my windows. So how can I use PFX file to unlock my drive.

A:How to unlock Bitlocker drive using recovery of encrypted files

See if this helps: Bitlocker Data Recovery Agent

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So here's my situation. I switched a friend's laptop from Kubuntu Linux over to Windows XP. So this involved backing up his files, formatting the drive to NTFS and then installing XP. Then I realized that I didn't backup a number of important files.

I would very much like to recover as many of these files as possible. I see that there are many data recovery applications available for Windows XP and a number of them say they can recover files after a format. I started to get concerned though when I saw a lot of them saying how they take advantage of the NTFS file structure to recover files and it seemed like a lot of them assume that you had an NTFS formatted drive prior to formatting it and erasing everything. However, as I said, Kubuntu was on there, so it was formatted for Linux (It's called ext3 formatting isn't it?)

Will this present any problems for recovering the files, what is my best course of action, and if there is hope for solutions what are the best applications for this that you can recommend?


A:Formatted the drive, need to recover files!

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Could you please help me to solve the problem i faced recently. Let me explain you what happened in detail.
Initially I had 2TB Seagate Expansion Desk HDD, partitioned into 500GB, 13GB, 293GB, all three Bitlocker encrypted and 1 more 500GB unencrypted partition, the rest of the space was unallocated. Few days ago, by mistake, while I was creating Windows Recovery
Disk chose the wrong drive letter and ended up whole partitions above deleted. Here?s what I have in HDD now: 32GB Windows 8 Recovery partition and 1831GB unallocated space. After that I haven?t made any changes to the drive. I was able to restore the data
from the last unencrypted part by using Getdataback SW but with no luck in my Bitlocker encrypted partitions. I would appreciate any advice to restore the bitlockerencrypted partitions as I have the password and recovery keys to decrypt and retrieve my data

Softwares I have: Recuva. Handy Recovery. R-Studio. Getdataback. M3 Bitlocker Recovery. Starus Partition Recovery. TestDisk

I can provide the snapshots of the results from recovery softwares should you need them. Thank you very much!

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It's a Seagate 80GB. I've tried 240940943094 different freeware programs and most seem to just to surface scan. Anyone have any recommendations or is attempting to get files off a formatted drive dismal?

A:Recover files from formatted IDE drive using Vista

Chances are not good. Try the demos of GetDataBack or Ontrack EasyRecovery Pro. If they don't see anything, you're probably out of luck.

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there is a program called "recover my files" that boasts being able to recover files from a formatted disk, even if you have re-installed windows, is this really possible, is there no way of safely deleting data that doesnt involve destroying the HHD???

A:Solved: recover files from formatted drive

I've no personal experience, but claims made by quite a few of the makers of programs like you mentioned, support the statement that formatted drives / files can be recovered.....and, overwritten data, that is overwritten enough....is very hard to recover but still at least doable by those dedicated enough with the right tools.

In our forums here at TechGuy, we are often asked for help with file recovery, and I have read threads where there was some success with data still being found.

It depends....

Some of the better Data suites claim that recovery of a whole partition is possible.

There are also, very much more thorough file wiper utilities around that can "shred" files so they are much much less able to be recovered....

Think hard before you install one.... they can instantly cause you a great deal of problems in the wrong hands so it computers areound yu are used by others.....you need to ensure some security.

Or, use the file shredders after the computer is ready to be passed along, or sold.

The only sure way is to physically destroy the drive, a tank would do a good job...... stick it in your woodstove for a few days....

I dunno...personally, I still can use a laptop hard drive that was inside a laptop that exploded, and burned here in my home.

It was in an IBM ThinkPad that had a bad battery and caught fire on my workbench! The whole laptop b... Read more

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To install another operating system, I forced to resize my partitions.
I had a drive that was encrypted with bitlocker. After changing the drive and restart I noticed there were only two of the drives that on them Windows installed and another drives changed to free space.
Bitlocker encrypted drive was 100G and another drive 244G. Drives I converted to a drive then format it to restore my data. All the information was not encrypted, was returned but encrypted data was not returned even one bit. I changed the size of D to 200 GB again and after a lot of searching I found the repair-bde command.

this was result.
is there any solution to back my data?
please help

A:How to recover my data,encrypted by Bitlocker?(with this condition)

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

Please check this tutorial in the hope it will help you remove the Bitlocker drive encryption.

BitLocker Drive Encryption - Windows 7 Drive - Turn On or Off with no TPM

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Ok, in my excitement and haste, I managed to format and install an OS on the wrong hard drive...

Long Story Short:

I used to be on 2 hard drives. a 250gig primary and a 300gb data HD. I had thousands and thousands of songs, videos, pics, and software on the 300 gig, and somehow when I went to format my new 1tb drive, managed to select the wrong drive instead; I lost everything and didn't realize it until it was done.

I was told by a buddy that there are programs for retrieving lost files and formatted hard drive. I have tried a few, but they all, including EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard, find all the files the New OS installed, rather than what was there beforehand.

For the specific purpose of not overwriting the files that are still there, I haven't used it since, aside from installing programs on my new 1tb drive and trying to use them to salvage the data.

1) Is it possible to do what I'm trying to do, now that I've installed a new OS?
2) What software would you recommend I acquire in order to do it?
3) Anything else?
Thanks so much!!!


A:Formatted Hard Drive and Installed OS... Can I recover Files????

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My harddrive have 3 partitions. I accidentily formatted the one that I need. The Windows files are not in there, but almost every programs that I installed is installed in that partition. Now, I could launch any program, it says Avast snxhk.dll is missing. If I try to launch a portable program from my use, I get this "file system error (-1073741515)" message. What should I do?

A:[emergency] Recover files from formatted hard drive

If you can run it from one of the other partitions, this may bail you out:

How to Recover formatted Windows 7 partitions with Windows 7 Unformat software?

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Does anyone know how i can manually recover my files. I would prefer to do it myself cause its free or if you can point me to some good freeware that will help me recover my files...if not please please please i will pay as long as i know i will get my files back.
i lost lots of mp3's and family pictures....this really sux

A:Formatted Hard Drive Accidently..how can i recover my files

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please help
how can I recover data from a damaged disk (not physically) of an external encrypted Bitlocer.
Description of the situation:

After connecting the drive - I can decipher it by typing the password - but when you try to open the contents of the report the message "format disk"
- the disk probably has some volume damaged - it has been disconnected from the computer (without being turned off)
What I have done so far:

Using the "Lazesoft" program - I managed to copy (of course after entering the password
on the damaged disk)
the content to another external disk (full - looking after size) but -
this data is encrypted (mainly ending with .ER)
I am asking for a hint:

whether the data that is on the new disk can somehow read (on this disk I can try) [or/and]how to create a damaged disk image to try on another disk [or/and]how to repair a damaged disk (as a last resort) - I am afraid of total data loss [or/and]what other program to use to copy data from a damaged disk
but decrypted
Thank you in advance for your help
Best Regards

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I have 1 partition encrypted drive from windows 7 ultimate, now if i want to change to home premium which do not have bitlocker feature, will i still be able to access the bitlocker encrypted drive?

A:bitlocker encrypted drive

My initial answer is no.. Because Bitlocker is not a part of the lower end flavors of 7 and must be poresent. You should decrypt the data first before downgrading the OS

However, with that said,,, there is the policy you can set within Group Policy for USB flash drives to "Allow Access To Bitlocker-Protected Removable Data Drives From Earlier Versions Of Windows" that can assure that you have access to the USB Flash Drive on other operating systems and computers.

I do not know if this will work on External USB HDD's. I have not played around with bitlocker a whole lot,, need to set some time aside for testing it out.

The Group Policy for this is as follows

In the start search type Group an then click on Edit Group Policy

Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates / Windows Components / Bitlocker Drive Encryption / Removable Data Drives

This policy also shows under Fixed Data Drives. But only mentions FAT file system, if you formatted it as NTFS, I am not sure it will work.

and there you will find the policy.

This policy settings configures whether or not removable data drives formated with the FAT file system can be unlocked and viewed on computer running Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows XP with SP3, or Windows XP with SP2 operating systems.

But I doubt the data will be recoverable if you downgrade to Home Premium prior to unencrypting it.

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Let suppose I have encrypted a USB pen drive by Bitlocker, Most of the Windows versions have Bitlocker installed and the system prompt for the password, and decrypt the USB drive.
There are certain versions of Windows 7,8,10 like Home Single edition in which Bitlocker is not installed. Now what will happen if I plugged it in a such system, whether it will prompt for the password and decrypt the USB drive or not?

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I may need some help
See, my little brother accidentally formatted an encrypted partition of my HDD (Disk drive D: 100 GB to be exact) which contained really important data that I need back! It had all of my photographs from the past 5 years (which I was too lazy to back up on cloud storage).
Would this help me recover the lost data? I do have the password and the recovery key. I hope this works

A:Accidentally Formatted Bit-Locker Encrypted Drive!

Hello Riley, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Since it was formatted and not just deleted, it may not be as recoverable. Especially since it was encrypted with BitLocker. You might see if you may be able to recovery the partition using the method in the tutorial below.

Partition - Recover Deleted Partitions in Windows

Hope this helps,

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I don't know when it started happening, but my drive stopped asking for a password and started asking for a recovery key. I lost my recovery file in a format, I only know my password. Is there any way to just enter the password, not the recovery key? I have very important files on my drive I have no access to.

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Hi There.
I want to capture a BitLocker encrypted Hard drive with multiple partitions. I have few questions.
1. How can I use imagex to capture BitLocker encrypted partitions?
2. How can I capture the hidden partition that is created for storing the Boot files?
Any help would be much appreciated.
Thank You,

Born to Learn

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I forgot my password for BitLocker encrypted drive and I do not have recovery key. As far as I remember Recovery Key is supposed to be on encrypted drive itself. Is it possible to somehow access the drive?
Thank you

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Hi Everyone,

I am trying to set up Bitlocker on a work FlashDrive (Toshiba 64GB) this will be holding install files for our software so cannot be accessed if lost,

when trying to turn BitLocker To Go on this is what I get

Can anyone help me with this?

Thanks Guys,

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I recently loaded XP from another computer into my Laptop due to major crash. About a third of my pictures (JPG) that I tried to open on a stand alone hard drive with the intension of copying to XP Pictures, would not open. The files were in green which means they are encrypted. Anyone know how I can decrypt these files. Thanks

A:How to Recover Encrypted JPG Files in XP

Unfortunately there is no way around this. Encrypted files can only be opened on the same system and under the same user sign in that was used when the files were created.

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I hope you can help me with the following :

Some time ago, I enrypted some directories on my Win2K professional machine to protect some sensitive files. As I understand, the "keys" for these files are user-specific and are buried somewhere in a user settings directory on the C: drive. At any rate, access was very transparent - so much so that I forgot about them !

As often happens in Windows life, I had to re-install Windows some months later and did so without erasing the existing directories on my C: drive - ie an "over the top" re-install using the same username and password. As a result, Windows created a new user settings directory with a slightly different name for the "new me". However, I could no longer access my encrypted files since the old key is undoubtedly different. In fact, it appears I cannot even delete these files, even once I have taken ownership of the affected directories.

There is precious little help on this topic in the Windows Help file (what's new ?); but from the little that I can understand of my various 3rd party Win2K books, I gather a recovery is possible. However, the details of the process are themselves "encrypted" in technospeak relating to "recovery policies" and the like.

The "key files" should still be accessible since the user directory for the "original me" still exists on my C drive. Can you give me a "plain English" recipe according to which I mig... Read more

A:How to recover encrypted files?

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Hi All

I formatted my PC to another installation of Windows 7 Ultimate(also the one I had before the format).

Now before I formatted windows on drive C:, I encrypted a folder with Bitlocker. Now this folder was on another harddrive D: on my PC. After the format on C: drive, I cannot access any files in the encrypted folder anymore. The folder is color green(so are all the files inside) and when clicking on any file inside, it tells me "you don't have access to open this file".

Any suggestions?

Thank you

A:Bitlocker Encrypted folder - Cannot access files inside anymore

again install bitlocker and try to unlock using it

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Hi All

I formatted my PC to another installation of Windows 7 Ultimate(also the one I had before the format).

Now before I formatted windows on drive C:, I encrypted a folder with Bitlocker. Now this folder was on another harddrive D: on my PC. After the format on C: drive, I cannot access any files in the encrypted folder anymore. The folder is color green(so are all the files inside) and when clicking on any file inside, it tells me "you don't have access to open this file".

Any suggestions?

Thank you

A:Bitlocker Encrypted folder - Cannot access files inside anymore

Restore your recovery key.


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I have 2TB hard drive with partitions, one have windows installed on and the other is BitLocker encrypted for data storage. I dont know what happend to my pc while I was at work but my pc was restarted when I got home and now my computer only shows one diskdrive (C, where windows is installed). BitLocked encrypted drive D does not show. It does show when I open disk management but it has no drive letter. See screenshot. What are my options? Please dont tell me that my 1765GB of encrypted data is lost :S

A:BitLocker Encrypted drive not showing anymore

My first bet would be to make a Ubuntu Live cd (Or even better a forensics Helix boot cd but thats probably over the top!), boot into that and see if you are able to mount the partition.. If you can then I would backup the data somewhere if possible... I think im right in saying that you can still decrypt the encrypted data if you copy it elsewhere but I haven't had much experience of bitlocker, only truecrypt.

My personal opinion is not to do anything within Windows as if it doesn't see the data or partition it may start harming your data.... Good to know my 4 years of Forensic Computing isnt going to waste... I think the above is a good start.

Hopefully others out there will have some more / easier suggestions

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I have 2 drives on my PC. One SSD where Windows 8.1 is installed and a secondary HDD for movies and stuff.
The SSD is Microsoft edrive compliant so I just enabled BitLocker encryption and set a password, i.e. Pass1.

Later I also encrypted the secondary HDD and DID NOT save the recovery keys when doing that. I clicked smth like Automatically unlock or smth when doing that as the secondary drive was always available when logging in to Windows later. No need to enter a separate password.

Now, I formatted the primary SSD and re installed Windows 8.1 but now I don't have the recovery key for the secondary drive. Is all the data lost or I can somehow use the password to unlock it?

Thank You

A:Unlock secondary BitLocker encrypted drive

Sorry cannot help you with that.

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Hello, I have a drive that I'm trying to retrieve data from and I have the recovery key. It's hooked up to another Win7 64 bit OS and while Windows sees the drive, Bitlocker CP doesn't and therefore is not asking for the recovery key to unlock it.

When I double click it in explorer it just tells me it needs to be formatted.

When the drive was in its own computer, it was stuck in startup repair. Diags returned a HDD error code but I was still able to unlock in natively to run the startup repair.

Any tips or workarounds here or is the hardware damage preventing me from unlocking it on another computer? The only reason I haven't tossed it is because I am able to unlock it when booting from it using the recovery key. So why won't it let me when it's hooked up to another machine with Bitlocker?

A:Bitlocker encrypted drive hooked up to another computer

Hello Uebersoldat, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if you may be able to recover the contents of the drive using the method below with another hard drive of equal size or larger to copy to.

BitLocker Repair Tool - Recover Drive in Windows 7 and 8

Hope this helps,

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Need help with Bitlocker encrypted fixed drive (non OS ) on primary partition Windows 7 64bit Ultimate.

Drive D is encrypted however from last few days the lock icon displayed on the drive is missing and it is being displayed as unknown file system (Bitlocker Encrypted) in diskmgmt.

While try to open the drive getting error location is not available & access denied , no option to unlock it through right click . Only I can unlock it via opening bitlocker from control panel or through elevated cmd manage-bde -unlock D:
Tried All scenarios.
1. Unlock and then lock it again(reboot + shutdown).
2. Restarted the bitlocker service.
3. tried changing the drive letter .
4. Unlock + disk defrag .
5. no suspend or resume option available for drive in bitlocker settings.
6. Run chkdsk /f /r also, no issues reported.
Issue remains same no icons display for unlock or lock drive , no right lick option to unlock & getting same above error while double click on a drive . However I have checked it still shows drive as encrypted so it's mean encryption is sill running fine.

A:Issue with Bitlocker encrypted fixed drive (non OS ) .

Quote: Originally Posted by parasakachester

Need help with Bitlocker encrypted fixed drive (non OS ) on primary partition Windows 7 64bit Ultimate.

Drive D is encrypted however from last few days the lock icon displayed on the drive is missing and it is being displayed as unknown file system (Bitlocker Encrypted) in diskmgmt.

While try to open the drive getting error location is not available & access denied , no option to unlock it through right click . Only I can unlock it via opening bitlocker from control panel or through elevated cmd manage-bde -unlock D:
Tried All scenarios.
1. Unlock and then lock it again(reboot + shutdown).
2. Restarted the bitlocker service.
3. tried changing the drive letter .
4. Unlock + disk defrag .
5. no suspend or resume option available for drive in bitlocker settings.
6. Run chkdsk /f /r also, no issues reported.
Issue remains same no icons display for unlock or lock drive , no right lick option to unlock & getting same above error while double click on a drive . However I have checked it still shows drive as encrypted so it's mean encryption is sill running fine.

Any help guys still waiting ..

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Hi All,

I have been looking on the internet but can't find anything useful.

I protected data on my USB flash drive using Bitlocker in Windows. But of course I can't access it inside Apple OS X operating system. Yes I have a Windows VM running inside my MacBook and can access bitlocked flash drive this way, but this requires booting
up Window VM and becomes frustrating most of the time.

Does anyone know any possible way to access bitlocked flash drive directly inside OS X?
If the answer is "No", then my request to Microsoft is to please make a Bitlocker Reader/Access tool for Mac OS X and make everyone's life easy. This will definitely increase number of Bitlocker users; a win-win situation!


A:Access Bitlocker Encrypted Flash Drive in OS X

There is dislocker for Mac:

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Dear All,
I want to ask if any Microsoft forum or technet mentioned that
Step 1: reinstall the OS drive without formatting the D data drive which is bitlocker encrypted.

Step 2: After encypted OS drive again, the D data drive can be automatically unlocked by reset the password.

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Can it be done ? Is it possible to just replicate the data then reform it elsewhere unencrypted, I've done it before but I can't remember the program. (Although that was XP EFS)

This is Pieloi, incase anyone remembers that guy...
And guess who's important password .txt files were encrypted then forgotten about during a clean reinstall...hmm

And I don't have a key or certificate. (Thus I'm getting nowhere in the decrypting universe.)
-Previous OS was Win7. Check Pieloi for specs.
-Encrypted files are located within a truecrypt partition (Which I know the password of).

A:Is it possible to Recover/Replicate EFS encrypted Files ?

Don't have the key from the previous installation you will not decrypt it.
Unless you have time and computing power (lots of power) to brute force AES.

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Just today, my laptop was infected with Cryptolocker (looks like this). I don't know what I did or downloaded for this virus to just appear. I searched everywhere on how to recover my files but I found nothing I can use. My laptop's OS is still Windows XP so a few recovery apps are not useful. How do I recover my files without having to pay for the ransom? I desperately need help cause my thesis all my data are in here and it's  due in two weeks. I tried uploading an encrytped file here https://www.decryptcryptolocker.com but it says the file is apparently not encrypted.
I have also heard about cryptoplocker being dead anymore and the ones appearing now are copycats so yeah. Please help.

A:How do I recover encrypted files (Cryptolocker)?

Hi Micky Mouse The original CryptoLocker infection was shut down by the Operation Tovar that targetted the GameOver ZeuS botnet, so it's not being distributed anymore. However, there's a copy-cat that calls itself "PClock" with a ransom note similar to CryptoLocker. You can see the discussion thread for it here:New PClock CryptoLocker Ransomware discoveredFabian Wosar from Emsisoft worked on a decrypted for files encrypted with PClock. The recovery ratio isn't 100% but it's still worth a shot. You can read more in his post here.

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i have had a crypto virus mess up my files . how can i recover them without having to pay for the ransomware?

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Hello people.

A friend of mine brought his computer to me to see if I am able to clear an encrypted mess done by a virus. Is it possible to recover that encrypted data? I know it may be almost impossible due to the lack of private key but I have an app called rannohdecrypter (made by Kaspersky Labs I think) that it's able to decrypt files provided you have got any file in both encrypted/unencrypted form.

Any other ideas on how to proceed?

A:Recover encrypted files by virus

Depends on the variant, some of the locker viruses can be undone, others not so easily or at all. There are some keys published online for certain variants of locker viruses. Have a look here & doing a Google search on the type of locker virus may yield some results or databases with decryption keys.

Best to verify that the decrypter you are going to use is indeed made to handle that particular infection.

Locker Ransomware Information Guide and FAQ

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I was having windows 7 ultimate 32 bit "activated" on my pc. I encrypted my drive D with
bitlocker , one day i was working on my pc suddenly a power failure occurred and after this when i reboot my pc windows 7 cannot start so i decided to reinstall windows 7 but the setup is showing "Windows could not retrieve information about the disk
on this computer" so i installed Windows XP it installed successfully but i was unable to access my local drive D so
i try to install windows 7 but it again shows the error message "Windows could not retrieve information about the disk on this computer" i remembered my bitlocker password and the i am having important data on drive D so guys please suggest me how
can i install windows 7 on my pc so i can decrypt drive D.

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I just started using BitLocker on a Windows7 Computer and am confused about one specific aspect of recovering data drives. I have read through the tutorials on here but I can't seem to find anywhere that explicitly states if this is possible or not.

From this link: Regain access to a computer locked by BitLocker Drive Encryption

I see the statement that "To unlock the drive and regain access to your files, you will need the BitLocker recovery password. If you also encrypted data drives, you will need to have access to the drive that Windows is installed on as well."

My question is if my OS drive dies, will the data drives be recoverable with the password and/or recovery key?

I am not currently in such a situation but I would like to prepare for all possibilities. Since a TPM is needed to store the encryption keys on for the OS drive (I just ordered one but have not encrypted my OS drive yet), are the encryption keys for the data drives are stored on the OS drive itself and this is the issue?

Most of the things I find on Google when trying to search about this issue discuss recovering a data drive that is failing, not a data drive that is in good health but does not have access to the system drive. Can anyone say definitively if this is possible, or do I need to be prepared to lose all data on data drives if my system drive crashes?

A:BitLocker Encrypted Data Drive Recovery Question

Based upon what I have read, your data drives will be UNRECOVERABLE if your OS drive dies. I would consider setting up a RAID 5 array for your OS drive for redundancy, this way if one drive dies, all you have to do is replace it and the missing data pieces will be recreated.

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Hi Mr/Ms
drive encrypted
with BitLocker 
I used
driver for three months my computer is broken I bought a new computer    when i was try my flash disk new computer its give me this  problem 
BitLocker Drive Encryption failed to recover from an abruptly terminated conversion. This could be due to either all conversion logs being corrupted or the media being write-protected
? know my passworrd but I do not know
the BitLocker
recovery key what can i do know pls some one help me 

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My company is updating our windows, servers, desktops nearly every thing. we were asked to back up all our data on external drives, but we were forced to encrypt the drives with Bit locker, after the immigration to the new hardware and windows 10, I opened
my external HDD and USB Drive using the passwords I set earlier, and as I don't need the drives to be encrypted anymore, I right clicked the drives then choose "Remove password" which I thought it will decrypt the drives and no passwords will be
required anymore. I was surprised to find that my drives are still encrypted, and all what happened is that the password unlock option for my Bit locker encrypted drives was removed. it now only displays to option to unlock (another USB drive or recovery key)
and I don't have both. all what i have is the passwords that I set to the drivers, but the unlock with password option vanished.
can i return that option back so i can unlock both my drives using password? can you please advice?
thanks in advance.

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I have unfortunately formatted my logical drive without my knowing.
But i cancelled after done formatting 1%.

later i've installed a software and recovered everything.
But all the files are corrupted. All those items are very important to me
What is the solution for me now

Durga S

A:Solution to Recover the formatted files?

GetDataBack is the best data recovery software I've found. If you installed the recovery software on the target (formatted drive to be recovered) drive, you have degraded the data and probably caused the data corruption. A simple format alone will not destroy data, however installing software and overwriting the old data will destroy the data.

If the data is valuable, stop using the drive immediately.

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Hi. I have a Dell Optiplex 320. I have two internal hard drives. Drive C and Drive D. I formatted drive C and reinstalled Windows XP Pro because my computer was having issues. Before I formatted I moved all of my important work files on drive D. I figured after I formatted I would be able to move those files and access them but when I click on Drive D it says, "The disk drive D is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?". How did this happen? I really need these files for work. I never did anything to change drive D and it was formatted before.

What should I do to recover those files?

A:How to recover my files? Disk is not formatted.

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i wanted to upgrade my windows 7 home premium to enterptise. a friend provided me with the software. i was hoping that it will give options to upgrade unfortumately it didnt it just ran automatically and formatted my hard drive and installed the new software but have lost all my important information there. can i
be able to retreave anything back?

A:Can I recover my files and data after they have been formatted?

I'm not an expert but formatting is a bit like cremation I think ! Trés finale

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My external hard drive (2TB Toshiba USB 3.0) with BitLocker To Go encryption was accidentally formatted using Windows ?Quick Format? option.  My PC is running Windows 7 Home Premium.

I do have the following details in relation to the BitLocker encryption for this drive;
- BitLocker Recovery Key
- Full Recovery Key Identification
- BitLocker Password

Is there any way to restore the external drive to the ?pre-format? state so that I can recover/access the data?

The drive is in a good health, ? always removed safely by ejecting from notification area and chkdsk has no errors, ? unfortunately data wasn?t backed up as I was in process of migrating to new PC and accidentally deleted the master back-up .

Any help or suggestions would be greatly welcomed.

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I own an external hard drive of 500GB Seagate Go in which i have stored many valuable data. While encrypting this drive accidentally the laptop {in which i am using Windows7) went off the encryption was 14% done and the drive was set to auto-unlock on my
laptop. when i restarted the my laptop was unable to unlock the drive (It's reading the drive but not showing on windows explorer and i tried to mange it from bitlocker drive encryption in control panel but bitlocker stopped responding) so I tried to unlock
this on my friend's computer but again the same thing happened after that i tried other steps from




but nothing seems to work out.

suppose the other information needed are as follows:

BitLocker Drive Encryption Recovery Key

 The recovery key is used to recover the data on a BitLocker protected drive.

To verify that this is the correct recovery key compare the identification with what is presented on the recovery screen.

Recovery key identification: 516G88BE-4141-42

Full recovery key identification: 516F88BE-4141-42D8-A247-4997D3F57FDA

BitLocker Recovery Key:

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