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Win2K NTFS 5 file ecnryption

By Crazy Russian ·
Couple of month ago I was experimenting with encryption option in NTFS5 (Win2K Adv Srv) file systems, to see how it works. Resently I decidet to explore Win2K Server, so, I backed up all my personal files and reloaded Win2K, installing just server. After I rstored all my personal files, I found out that I encrypted the whole "My Documents" folder. So, now I have about 5 yars of my life in files that I can read. I looked some info on Microsofts site, and, of course, they say there is no way to recover it because I didnt backup private key to decrypt it. Does anybody knows where I can lookup some info on possibilities to decrypt it, or some services that will do that for me? Any info is greatly appreciated. Thanks

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by ju2001 In reply to Win2K NTFS 5 file ecnrypt ...

heheh, yeah i did the same thing dude, when i first started with 2k , except it was just one file of little importance. I remember trying to open it - getting this evil message, and l realised - bah ,must have been when i was playing about with efs before i reinstalled - bah

The most obovious solution is to copy / move the encryted files to a NON ntfs volume/drive, that should decrypt them.

good luck

crusty

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by Crazy Russian In reply to Win2K NTFS 5 file ecnrypt ...

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by Tech_Trainer In reply to Win2K NTFS 5 file ecnrypt ...

Ouch. You didn't happen to backup the entire system, did you? If you did, restore it. That will give you your original user account with the private key that encrypted your files. Just copying them to a non-encrypted folder will not work: you don't have the private key to decrypt it. In the future, you should set up a recovery agent in the local security policy (as well a decrypt the data prior to backing it up for transfer). Unfortunately, I think you are stuck.

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by jaystar In reply to Win2K NTFS 5 file ecnrypt ...

log in as an admin, and take ownership of the encrypted directory and all subdirectories. You should be able to de-crypt them then.

Luck,
Jay

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by Crazy Russian In reply to Win2K NTFS 5 file ecnrypt ...

Well, guys, I tried taking ownership - still wont decrypt. Files wont copy on non NTFS file system....
I greatly appreciate the responces, thanks a lot.
Any more ideas?

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by romeroe In reply to Win2K NTFS 5 file ecnrypt ...

Check with the folks at www.l0pht.com, I know that they have been hard at work on new hacks for NT. I am pretty sure they have an article on this.
Good Luck

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