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Shutting down PC when .vhd bitlocker encrypted file is mounted

Question: Shutting down PC when .vhd bitlocker encrypted file is mounted

Throughout my computing life, I've learned that it's important to umount drives. It still can be seen when devices like a cellphone or a pendrive are attached to the computer the advice of clicking to "Safe remove" the drive before removing it physically.
Now I have Windows 7 Ultimate virtual hard disks in .vhd format and encrypted using bitlocker. I mount them everyday, and I shutdown the computer WITHOUT dettaching that encrypted virtual drive first.
Is this that a problem for security?
Is this a problem for my files?
I'm concerned about a data lose, maybe corrupted files in the drive for dettaching by shutting down the computer without umounting first.

Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.

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Preferred Solution: Shutting down PC when .vhd bitlocker encrypted file is mounted

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Answer: Shutting down PC when .vhd bitlocker encrypted file is mounted

That is fine. Nothing to worry about.

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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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Hello, I have a usb that has been encrypted using bitlocker, I can connect this usb to my desktop and I can input the password and access the usb. However on my laptop and other computers, when I plug in the usb I do not get the prompt to input my password and instead just says that the drive is inaccessible. Both my laptop and my desktop are windows 10 and I have admin rights on both machines. On both machines I have not used bitlocker, can someone help explain how I can access my usb on normal machines and can someone explain how I can open my usb on my desktop but not my laptop?

Answer:Bitlocker: Encrypted USB no access

Are you the same person who posted this:

BitLocker functionality (currently having some issues) - Windows 10 Forums

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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?

Answer: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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I want to upgrade to WIN 10. But my SP3 SSD is bitlocker encrypted.
Will upgrade work on my encrypted SSD?
Will my existing bitlocker password work as I log on?
Any hints to help me as I upgrade?
Thanks!

Answer:How can I upgrade a Bitlocker encrypted SSD to WIN 10?

Should work. When you update, it'll warn you that Bitlocker is being suspended, so remember to unsuspend it when you have W10 installed (through the Bitlocker settings in the control panel).
If you then want to do a clean install then software Bitlocker will be erased. Hardware encryption may remain though, so I suggest you disable it first in such circumstances. I also suggest you do a diskpart clean for a clean install if you use hardware encryption, as Bitlocker may fail to recognise the hardware encryption and try to software encrypt instead when you get W10 installed otherwise.
Have your TPM key handy if you clean install. You shouldn't need it, but never know.
Oh, and make a system image backup to an MBR drive (assuming your boot drive is UEFI and so GPT) before you do anything. Note that the need to use an MBR backup drive instead of GPT goes away with W10, but is needed for W7/8.

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Hello, I have a usb that has been encrypted using bitlocker, I can connect this usb to my desktop and I can input the password and access the usb. However on my laptop and other computers, when I plug in the usb I do not get the prompt to input my password and instead just says that the drive is inaccessible. Both my laptop and my desktop are windows 10 and I have admin rights on both machines. On both machines I have not used bitlocker, can someone help explain how I can access my usb on normal machines and can someone explain how I can open my usb on my desktop but not my laptop?

Answer:Bitlocker: Encrypted USB no access

Are you the same person who posted this:

BitLocker functionality (currently having some issues) - Windows 10 Forums

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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,
Sourav




Born to Learn

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I have been using my laptop for a while, but no sensitive data stored on it yet and I just enabled Bitlocker with the Used Space option to save time. The files that were deleted are NOT sensitive.

A few questions here.

1. When I decide to reinstall Windows 10 again on the same laptop, and enable Bitlocker, do I need to encrypt the entire disk or leave as Used Space? The way I reinstall Windows, is to delete ALL partitions and only leave the Unallocated free space. That's all. I usually delete ALL partitions.

2. Assuming I did NOT have any sensitive data previously deleted that may be recoverable on the free space, will it be OK to select Used Space only when I reinstall Windows the next time? It is really time consuming - takes about 9 hours to encrypt a 300GB drive...

3. If the Used Space is encrypted, and I decide to store data on there, will the files be automatically encrypted when added to that Used Space?

4. If I delete a sensitive file or document from that encrypted Used Space area, will those documents be moved to the free space area were they can be recovered?

Thanks!

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I have been using my laptop for a while, but no sensitive data stored on it yet and I just enabled Bitlocker with the Used Space option to save time. The files that were deleted are NOT sensitive.

A few questions here.

1. When I decide to reinstall Windows 10 again on the same laptop, and enable Bitlocker, do I need to encrypt the entire disk or leave as Used Space? The way I reinstall Windows, is to delete ALL partitions and only leave the Unallocated free space. That's all. I usually delete ALL partitions.

2. Assuming I did NOT have any sensitive data previously deleted that may be recoverable on the free space, will it be OK to select Used Space only when I reinstall Windows the next time? It is really time consuming - takes about 9 hours to encrypt a 300GB drive...

3. If the Used Space is encrypted, and I decide to store data on there, will the files be automatically encrypted when added to that Used Space?

4. If I delete a sensitive file or document from that encrypted Used Space area, will those documents be moved to the free space area were they can be recovered?

Thanks!

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Hi
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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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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I just bought a Inspiron 13 2-in-1. Now i see that my OS is Windows 10 home but my C: drive is 'Bitlocker encrypted'. As far as I know the Home edition doesn't have the Bitlocker application. How can i remove this encryption?

Answer:Windows 10 Home Bitlocker encrypted

Windows 10 does not support Bitlocker - only 10 Pro and Enterprise do.
Was this system purchased new from Dell, or from a third party - or refurbished?

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Hi,
I have problem with my external hard disk. I entered correct password, but it says encryption failed. The system i used to set bitlocker is no longer use and i don't have the recovery key. So is there anyway to get my hdd back??
Sorry for my English and thanks in advance.

Answer:Can't use bitlocker encrypted hard disk.

Still no reply?? Am I going to believe there is no one that can help me?? So Bad.

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I have a computer with 2 500 GB hard disks. One of the disks contain the installed/active programs and Windows 7 while the other one contains files (pics, vids, etc.) My computer crashed while my kids were using it. Did not know what actually happened I reformatted the computer. At the initial stages of the reformatting, I was still able to see the 2nd hard disk which contained my files which happened to be encrypted by bitlocker. I don't know exactly what went wrong but now, my computer doesn't detect that hard disk and even my cd ROM drive is not being detected anymore. Tried to see if the BIOS will detect it but it couldn't either. Any suggestions? Any help will be appreciated.
 

Answer:Undetected hard disk encrypted by bitlocker

WHat version of windows 7 are you using?
 

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Hello,

We would like to use Bitlocker to encrypt external devices. However, we do already have some external hard disks with built-in encryption. Is it possible to detect this, and not to re-encrypt those disks with Bitlocker ?

Thanks,

Soitjes.

Answer:Bitlocker - detect encrypted external disk ?

You might ask here Forum FAQisk Topic Part 6 -Bitlocker and BitLocker To Go

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Hello,

I currently have Win 7 Beta as my main OS with a non-system partition encrypted with Bit-locker(without TPM). I downloaded a copy of Win 7 RC, but will the new OS recognize the bit-locker encrypted partitions? Do I need to decrypt this drive, re-install the OS and then encrypt this non-system partition again? (I don't have my boot partition encrypted)

Or will Win 7 RC natively recognize the bit-locker partition and I just have to provide the user key to mount the drive?

Thanks,
Icered

Answer:Migrating Win7Beta bitlocker encrypted data to Win 7 RC

Hello Icered, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I would recommend to decrypt the drive first, install the new OS, then use bit-locker to encrypt it afterwards.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hi experts
My external USB disk was encrypted by bitlocker. It worked well until today. Now every time I try to decrypt the disk with no matter the password or key file, the USB disk lost connection.
My local IT said the it can be due to that some track of the disk is broken.
So in the case, is there any way I can get my data back.
Thanks very much. It is urgent. I am looking forward for your reply.   

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I recently under went the free upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 and now find I can't read a BitLocker encrypted USB. Windows file explorer does not recognise the drive and there is no where I can enter the password. Can anybody help.
Many thanks
Whitebeard

Answer:Reading a BitLocker Encrypted USB in Windows 10 Home

There was a similar problem upgrading to 8 https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2748266 It isn't really applicable but you could have a look.

I'm not sure but I think that you should be able to unlock an external drive on Windows 10 home - just not use bitlocker for the OS drive.

Try starting the Bitlocker Drive Encryption Service if you have it under services.msc

Sorry I can't help too much as I have Pro version...

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Is there a way I can change the BitLocker recovery key on my encrypted OS drive?
Do I need to first Suspend BitLocker to do so?

Is there a tutorial on this here?

Thanks

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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

Answer: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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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!


Thanks

Answer:Access Bitlocker Encrypted Flash Drive in OS X

There is dislocker for Mac:
http://www.hsc.fr/ressources/outils/dislocker/

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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?

Answer: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,
Shawn

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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.

Answer: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,
We have created a bootable USB flash drive using WinPE 3.0 and it is booting successfully. Then encrypted it using Bit Locker Encryption using following command

        manage-bde -on D: -pw
After Encryption, we are not able to boot the Pendrive. Can anyone help with this?

Thanks in Advance

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Hi,

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

Answer:Unlock secondary BitLocker encrypted drive

Sorry cannot help you with that.

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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

Answer: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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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. 

Answer: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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I am currently using the Windows 10 Enterprise Evaluation (90-day trial licence). I am trying out Windows 10 to evaluate the Bitlocker encryption and storage pool features. I am nearing the end of my trial period and will need to purchase a license to continue using Windows.

I understand that there is no way to continue to use my existing installation of Windows 10 Enterprise after the trial ends, and that I will need to wipe the OS and clean install (a regular non-enterprise version of) Windows.

I would like to purchase Windows 10 Pro and install that.

I currently have the OS on a SSD, and two (other) hard drives configured as a bitlocker encrypted storage pool for my data. What will happen to my existing bitlocker encrypted storage pool after I wipe the OS (SSD) and clean install Windows 10 Pro? Will the new install of Windows see my encrypted storage pool and allow me to use my password to unlock it?

Answer:existing bitlocker encrypted storage pool after re-installation of OS

Hello zeb1s, and welcome to Ten Forums.

If you like, you could use the method in the tutorial below to directly downgrade from Enterprise to Pro without losing anything or affecting your BitLocker encrypted storage pool.

Downgrade Windows 10 Enterprise to Windows 10 Pro Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials

To be extra safe, you should backup your BitLocker recovery key to another drive (ex: USB flash drive) than your Windows drive or storage pool.

Backup BitLocker Recovery Key in Windows 10 Windows 10 Security System Tutorials

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Hey All,

Recently my company provided me with a Windows 10 SOE image as part of a UAT. The image includes Symantec Endpoint Encryption which utilizes Bitlocker for encryption.

I went through all of the motions with the C:\ drive to be encrypted and even printed the recovery key. Well, at some point I plugged in a few My Passport USB drives and they became locked by Bitlocker To Go. Everytime I try to unlock or click on these drives it asks for the 48-bit key which I don't have because I never was prompted to encrypt/lock these drives.





IT says that there are no keys stored on the servers for these USB drives and suggested that this would be a "local" encryption. However, they also stated that they wouldn't be encrypted unless I was prompted about it. So, there's this mystery about how these USB drives came to be locked.
I've been doing some research and the closest I've come is getting some output about the protectors:

Code:
c:\Windows\System32>manage-bde -protectors g: -get
BitLocker Drive Encryption: Configuration Tool version 10.0.10011
Copyright (C) 2013 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Volume G: [Label Unknown]
All Key Protectors
Numerical Password:
ID: {27319850-4EB5-42AC-9BA5-1C0CCB997EE7}
External Key:
ID: {A4A49BE5-70A4-4388-8B2F-8C13B1CA765C}
External Key File Name:
A4A49BE5-70A4-4388-8B2F-8C13B1CA765C.BEK

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Hey All,

Recently my company provided me with a Windows 10 SOE image as part of a UAT. The image includes Symantec Endpoint Encryption which utilizes Bitlocker for encryption.

I went through all of the motions with the C:\ drive to be encrypted and even printed the recovery key. Well, at some point I plugged in a few My Passport USB drives and they became locked by Bitlocker To Go. Everytime I try to unlock or click on these drives it asks for the 48-bit key which I don't have because I never was prompted to encrypt/lock these drives.





IT says that there are no keys stored on the servers for these USB drives and suggested that this would be a "local" encryption. However, they also stated that they wouldn't be encrypted unless I was prompted about it. So, there's this mystery about how these USB drives came to be locked.
I've been doing some research and the closest I've come is getting some output about the protectors:

Code:
c:\Windows\System32>manage-bde -protectors g: -get
BitLocker Drive Encryption: Configuration Tool version 10.0.10011
Copyright (C) 2013 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Volume G: [Label Unknown]
All Key Protectors
Numerical Password:
ID: {27319850-4EB5-42AC-9BA5-1C0CCB997EE7}
External Key:
ID: {A4A49BE5-70A4-4388-8B2F-8C13B1CA765C}
External Key File Name:
A4A49BE5-70A4-4388-8B2F-8C13B1CA765C.BEK

I've tried to copy the .bek file to another non-encrypted/locked USB but get... Read more

Answer:Unable to unlock USB drives encrypted/locked with Bitlocker To Go

Hi there

assuming the drives aren't encrypted then a Linux Distro should rescue you here.

Boot up any Linux Live CD - Linux Mint is a good one. Plug your USB in - should be recognized as an NTFS / FAT32 drive. Use the built in file manager (If the KDE desktop then DOLPHIN is the file manager - works and looks fairly similar to Windows / File explorer). Copy what you need or delete other stuff you don't need.

I don't think there's Windows fixes for this.

To make a Linux bootable USB stick I recommend download this ISO (Linux mint Rosa 17.3 x-64 KDE)

Linux Mint 17.3 "Rosa" - KDE (64-bit) - Linux Mint

Then use (on windows) RUFUS to make bootable USB stick.

Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way

Boot the USB stick, plug your other stuff in and use DOLPHIN to get your data. Linux reads and writes Windows file formats.

Here's an example of DOLPHIN reading an HP 64GB USB stick that I couldn't access with windows -



Cheers
jimbo

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Hello!
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!

Answer: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 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.

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

See if this helps: Bitlocker Data Recovery Agent

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I am currently using the Windows 10 Enterprise Evaluation (90-day trial licence). I am trying out Windows 10 to evaluate the Bitlocker encryption and storage pool features. I am nearing the end of my trial period and will need to purchase a license to continue using Windows.

I understand that there is no way to continue to use my existing installation of Windows 10 Enterprise after the trial ends, and that I will need to wipe the OS and clean install (a regular non-enterprise version of) Windows.

I would like to purchase Windows 10 Pro and install that.

I currently have the OS on a SSD, and two (other) hard drives configured as a bitlocker encrypted storage pool for my data. What will happen to my existing bitlocker encrypted storage pool after I wipe the OS (SSD) and clean install Windows 10 Pro? Will the new install of Windows see my encrypted storage pool and allow me to use my password to unlock it?

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Does someone know if and how I can reset (crack) a win8 password on an encrypted (BitLocker) system? I do remember the Bitlocker
password, but have forgotten the windows login password.

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We have a ThinkPad x230 with Bitlocker encrypted. Laptop is using TPMandPin is used. OS is Windows 8The issue now, we reach the tpm wrong pin threshold and last Sunday laptop got lock and we are able to only open it after the lockout state Monday afternoon. To be honest I'm not aware of this TPM behavior. So the user really want to show me what happen so we reproduce and intentionally put a wrong pin.Now, laptop is still not accessible until this time. The thing is, we cleared the tpm from bios. So even using the correct pin, it tells you that it's a wrong pin.Apparently, the recovery password was taken forgranted and we don't have a copy.I was hoping someone can provide more information on how to tacle this and ultimately be able to recover the laptop.

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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?

Answer: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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Enabling bitlocker usually adds a lock icon on the C drive in My Computer, and this is the case on all our machines except for Lenovo X1. Bitlocker gets enabled fine, but the lock icon does not appear. Does anyone have an idea why? Thanks

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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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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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Hello,
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.
Thanks.

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

Hi,


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


Regards,

Vincent Wang
TechNet Community Support

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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
 

Answer:Bitlocker Encrypted folder - Cannot access files inside anymore

Restore your recovery key.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee449438(v=ws.10).aspx#BKMK_RecoveryPass
 

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Hey
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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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

Answer:Bitlocker Encrypted folder - Cannot access files inside anymore

again install bitlocker and try to unlock using it

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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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Hi,
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
S?awek

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BitLocker was turned on on my previous Windows 7. It was working properly until I had to change my Windows 7 and reinstall it on another drive, this time SSD instead of HDD. After installing Windows 7, I got "Access Denied" error message when i went
to unlock the drive. The password was correct and the drive could unlock, but access was denied. I tried the built-in Administrator account and found that it had not this problem. It could access the contents of the drive and unlock. This was while my account
was also an administrator of the new Windows. So, I decided to rename login name of the built-in Administrator account to my own and use it instead of my own account. This seemed that resolved the problem. Then, I decided to upgrade this Windows to 10. Now,
after upgrading, I can't access the drive with the built-in Administrator account too!

Notes:


In my previous Windows which I could see the contents of the drive, I was seeing a tiny lock icon on the root folders (the folders which were located on the root of the drive), while this didn't appear on their sub-folders. What is that?
Now and before upgrading, I might and may access the contents of the drive by using Total Commander. This seems the only way. It can't access and then brings up a dialog and asks for using administrative rights. If I click the button, it may show the contents!
why? I'm the administrator already!
Issues like permissions in security or ownership seem not to be applicable,... Read more

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Hi folks, Need some help here.  I reformatted (complete reformat with no personal preferences saved) of Windows 10 because of several glitches that were annoying.  I was smart to backup all my documents to an external hard drive that was encrypted with BitLocker.  But once the reformat was complete, the drive is no longer detected.  I can see the drive in Disk Management but it won't pop up in explorer and BitLocker does not prompt me when I plug in.  Help!  My two drives have all my backups and backups of backups!!! I've tried to update all the software/firmware/drivers but to no avail. I'm still under warranty but this is a software issue only I'm certain of it.   Help!

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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


http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7itprosecurity/thread/58e44671-0cf0-480b-9668-3876c30752a9


and


http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd875513%28WS.10%29.aspx


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:

<... Read more

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Team - Trouble here!! Have ~730 GB of data on my 1TB iOmega HDD. Turned on BitLocker on my Windows 7
system, set password, created and saved recovery key file, and i saw it started encrypting (very slowly, which i think is normal). Left it there for hours and when i came back I saw it is asking me for my password for my unlocking... which i entered and it
just wont open. Goes "NOT RESPONDING". I did not lose power during the initial encryption and neither did i pull out the HDD (to my knowledge) even though I read in the MS content that encryption should resume the next time a drive is plugged in,
it it got interrupted the first time or whatsoever.

However, started my research and was shocked to find several people have had similar problems. Also references that data must be backed up before encrypting (may
be common sense). Well, i have not done that, did not know that a simple of act of encrypting could be such a crime, especially when you are encrypting what you have just taken a backup off - before proceeding towards a formatting of my laptop.


Tried the manage-bde commands and the results are in a pic that i cannot attach. Interestingly, i find that the "manage-bde -status" command shows "conversion status" and "percentage of encryption" as unknown. Is this normal? I
do not really remember seeing any screen (when i came back after hours to check the status of the initial BitLock'ing) stating "hey i am done&quo... Read more

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Dear Sirs! I have encryptrd system windows disc with Bitlocker., The access method is flash drive. .The encryption works normally. But I eject the flash drive and reboot the comp, the only  empty blue screen appears. and the comp  reboots
in 2-3 minutes.  This means I can not to restore access from the bitlocker key, if the flash? for example, will be broken.. Please write me how to solve it.

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Hi All,
I'm hoping that some of the gurus in this area can help me to resolve why my transfer rate to my external hard drive is so slow (ranges from 200 kbps to 15 kbps), but is almost always in the 15-20 kbps range vs. an advertised/expected transfer rate of

5 Gbps.  That's < 1% of expected transfer rate.  Any thoughts on possible root causes that I should investigate?

I have an HP Probook 430 G1 laptop with a Samsung SSD 850 PRO 256 GB SCSI internal hard drive and 4 GB RAM running Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 64-bit. I also have a Western Digital My Passport Ultra 1 TB external hard driveBoth the internal drive and the external drive are bitlocker encryptedI've connected the drives via USB 3.0 ports + cable. I've also connected the drives via USB 2.0 port on laptop and USB 3.0 cable.I've checked the My Passport for errors and found none.
Any insight would be much appreciated.

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In Windows 8.1, when I try to use the native ISO mounting function, either from the right-click menu, or by double clicking the iso file, I am getting the error:


Code:
Couldn't Mount File
Sorry, there was a problem mounting the file.


Yet most of the time, the virtual CD/DVD drive appears as it should!

Does anyone know cause/effects/prevention of this?

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How do you extract a mounted file in Alcohol 120% ? I can't copy the files to a folder.

Answer:Extracting a Mounted File?

Shouldn't you be able to simply browse a mounted CD/DVD image like any other drive? Please explain the issue in more detail.

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iso file gets mounted as udf in my windows 7, however i am able to open drive and brose inside but when i try to install a game it show an error saying no disk in the drive....??? what should i do plzz help....!!!!

Answer:windows 7 iso file gets mounted as udf

you could try copying all the files to a hard drive and run from there.i hate computers!but cant help myself....

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Hello,
I have a Windows 7 Ultimate workstation which has data encrypted with BitLocker.  I want to move this data to a Windows 2012 R2 server.  Do I need to un-encrypt the data beforehand or can I just move the data over to the server?
The data currently resides in an SQL environment on the workstation.

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Hello,

I have copied my encrypted files to a USB-stick a while ago. I now want to retrieve them, but find them being locked / encrypted, with ".PFILE" extension. It is not possible to open them any more, I get the message that this filetype is not supported...

I have the bitlocker password key. How can I unlock the files again?

TX, Menno

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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,
Gavin

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I'm a long-time reader but new poster. I am currently running Windows 7. I want to install Windows XP onto another disc and have a dual-boot setup. I keep Windows 7 up to date and secure, but for the XP partition, I would rather not have antivirus running or even installed, in order to limit background processes. I will not be logging into any place or making any credit card purchases when booted into Windows XP. It will just be used for surfing, games, etc. Further, if and when XP becomes compromised or buggy, I will simply overwrite the partition with a backup image.

If I use Bitlocker to lock down the Windows 7 partition (with the encryption key on a thumb drive) and boot into Windows XP, am I correct in thinking the XP installation see or can't access the Windows 7 partition? If XP gets compromised, can a virus access or write to the Windows 7 partition?

Is there any other reason why this would not be secure? Can a virus write to the BIOS?

Thanks to anyone who can help.

Answer:Can OS partition access a dual boot partition if encrypted w/Bitlocker

Please, any response would be greatly appreciated.

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Hello

I'm looking for a way to change BitLocker encryption scope from 'Used Space Only' to "Full Disk' without doing ful decryption.
Is it at all possible?
I could not find any useful information on TechNet.

Answer:BitLocker - how to change "Used Space Only Encrypted" to Full

Assuming your computer has TPM (Trusted Platform Module) inbuilt....you need to have a Microsoft account to do a full encryption.

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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.
Thanks.

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Downloaded Windows 10 Iso using a program from one of the links here: Windows ISO Version 1511 help needed - Windows 10 Forums, and I have the ISO mounted as a virtual DVD drive - but cannot find where the ISO has downloaded to.

Is there an easy generic way - command line, Powershell command or other way to trace the file location of the source of a mounted ISO file?

Answer:How do I find the path to the ISO file of a mounted virtual DVD.

Usually "Downloads" folder

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​I volunteer at a local community center. It has an Open Computer Lab for the public. It has

An HP Server (Server 2012 R2). It?s a domain controller supporting Folder Redirection and Roaming Profiles20 PCs (Windows 10 Pro v1511) but being upgrade to v1607. No hurry to get v1703. Wait 6 months for the bugs to shake out
I use MDT 2013 and Windows Deployment Service on the Server to deploy custom OS images (.wim files) to the the PCs.

The problem: I upgraded a v1511 system to v1607. Ran DiskCheck to delete the upgrade backup files that get created. I sysprep'd the PC. Then created a wim file using DISM. The wim file is 17.4GB even after maximum compression. I mount the wim to C:\_wim\MountDir to try and see what?s using all that space. But Windows shows MountDir is only 4.7GB!! The compressed wim is over 3.5x! the size of the mounted system!

More confused when I looked at the folder Properties of MounDir (as below). I also don't understand why so much difference between Size and Size on disk
Size is 32.4GBSize on disk is 4.73 GB

When I run Dism /Get-WimInfo /WimFile:"C:\_wim\install.wim" /index:1 I get as follows. What?s going on and how do I get wim size down to a more reasonable size? Can anyone help????

Code:
Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
Version: 10.0.14393.0

Details for image : C:\_wim\install.wim

Index : 1
Name : Win10 CTC-ALL v1607
Description : <undefined>
Size : 39,334,214,041 bytes
WIM Bootable : No
Architecture : ... Read more

Answer:DISM captures a 17GB wim file. Yet it's only 3.7GB when mounted!???

ComputerGeek said:



20 PCs (Windows 10 Pro v1511) but being upgrade to v1607. No hurry to get v1703. Wait 6 months for the bugs to shake out



Well then you will never update again as MS have stated they intend to release new builds every 6 months. You could of course update one day before and then delay next build for 6 months ad nauseam but then you will always be six months behind latest features.

In any case, most significant bugs are usually 3rd party driver related and should be fixed pretty promptly.

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I've got a file I need to get rid of. .mdf file... This was a game that I had mounted a software CD drive for... I'd like to get rid of both the drive letter in My Computer and the file, but the file says it can't be deleted cause it's in use.

I've tried safe mode, but no good. I tried deleting from another PC on the network when the current PC was not logged in, no good.

I guess I need to get rid of the service or program that is creating the mounted drive and using the file. I;ve been through add/remove but can't find any software.

You guys have any suggestions?
 

Answer:Mounted Drive/File Needing to be deleted

What software did you use to create the virtual drive in the first place?
 

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Downloaded Windows 10 Iso using a program from one of the links here: Windows ISO Version 1511 help needed - Windows 10 Forums, and I have the ISO mounted as a virtual DVD drive - but cannot find where the ISO has downloaded to.

Is there an easy generic way - command line, Powershell command or other way to trace the file location of the source of a mounted ISO file?

Answer:How do I find the path to the ISO file of a mounted virtual DVD.

Usually "Downloads" folder

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I mounted a friend's WindowsImageBackup VHD file in Disk Management, did not check Read Only. I assume this means I can write to it.

I'd like to copy all of his files created since the image was made in February into the User folders, then detach the image and reimage to his HD. Is this possible?

Answer:Copy files into mounted Backup Image VHD file?

Hello Greg,

I would recommend to make a copy of the system image backup before you do that. They can be finicky, and modifying it like that may make it not usable to do a system image recovery with.

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Hello, I cannot add program exception to Windows XP SP2 integrated firewall. Executable file to be allowed to listen is located on local disk mounted to NTFS folder.
When adding through firewall dialog window, it says it just cannot be added. When I use netsh command line interface, it says file not found. When I modify registry manually to add exception, it is just ignored so application is still not visible from outside.

Thanks for help.

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Hi , im having diifficulty renaming my external hard drive, it renamed itself after an image file i mounted and the icon of the harddrive is missing aswell. I tried changing it via rename aswell as selecting properties. However when i open the properties of the hdd it displayes the same name i chose but when i close the properties it still retains a name i dont want.

assistance will be greatly appreciated

koefes8

Answer:External hdd renames itself after an image file i mounted cant rename

Open Control Panel then Folder Options.
Click on the view tab and uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended).

Now browse the external drive and look for a desktop.ini file in the root of the drive. If there, delete it.

See if that gets the name straight again.

You can check Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) again when done.

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I protected my personal files in WXP and made an Acronis true image of the disk.

After a disk crash, I rebuilt a new disk instead of using the image but want to get to my personal files by using the Acronis image mount utility. The tool works pretty well, the image looks like drive "G" when mounted and I can see all of my files, except for the personal ones.

My new WXP load has the same user name, password, and computer name as the old one did. However, the NTFS security will not let me see or take ownership of my personal files.

I dont want to have to restore the old image just to get my files but will if I have to. Any ideas for an easier way?

Thanks in advance,
Tony
 

Answer:How to access protected file in mounted disk image

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Question: File encrypted?

Wasn't sure where to put this, has been driving me crazy. I got an attachment PDF in an email but when I go to open it it goes to notebook & is encrypted, never had that problem before. I called the people & they never heard of it & sd to oepn it in Adobe. I am totally confused! Any help would really be appreciated.

Answer:File encrypted?

PDF files are or the Adobe Acrobat format and can't be viewed from within Notepad.  It's not encrypted, so to speak, it's just not plain text.  Like trying to open an image with notepad.For some reason your computer's associated PDF files with Notepad.  (Associations tell a computer what program is used to open what type of file.)  If you don't have Acrobat installed, or if you're not sure if you do, visit www.adobe.com and download the free reader.  After installing it should associate PDF files with Acrobat, and you'll be able to view the file.

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Question: encrypted file?

hi all - i dowloaded a rar music file which is encrypted.i am asked for a password when tryng to unrar. does anyone know of a way to unrar the file-or find out the password??? any help would be great - thanks

Answer:encrypted file?

It's unusual for a music file to be sold encrypted.

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Could someone please explain all about encrypted fliles? How. Why etc.
 

Answer:What is an encrypted file?

If you are refering to EFS, you might want to read the information on the link I am providing. It explains it pretty well.

http://www.anandtech.com/guides/viewfaq.html?i=104

Hope this helps..

Shane
 

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Question: Encrypted File

Before I reformatted my computer I had an encrypted Microsoft Word file with some important data. Encrypted through the file properties.After the format I can no longer access this file. Is there a way around this? It will save me weeks to get those data back.

Answer:Encrypted File

which encryption program did you use. If it was something like AxCrypt and you can remember the password, reinstall the program.I am assuming your encrypted document was on a backup disc and not formatted.

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ARRRRRRGHHHHH IM SUCH DUMBASS!!! I had very important word sheet with all my logins, passwords for all my forums, bank accounts, ect..ect.. I felt it to be so important I encrypted it on my old P4 setup to make sure nobody could screw with it. Well now that I rebuilt on my new Athlon 64 setup, I can't get into the damn file no matter what I do!

What are my options here besides kicking myself in the ass, I GOTTA have that information on that sheet!
 

Answer:Encrypted file in Win XP Pro, now I can't get into it!

If you reformatted the disk that had the XP installation on it, you are screwed. The only thing that will get it back is a brute force attack against the private key of either your old user accout or one of the recovery agents assigned to the old system (by default, the built in Administrator account). If you still have the P4 rig, and the HDD with the old installation, then simply rebuild the P4 rig and boot from the old disk. If you still have the Windows installation but don't have the P4 motherboard, etc, then a repair installation on your new system might work.
 

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Question: file encrypted

Hello everyone, (sorry for the translation)
I have several files encrypted by dirtycrypt. How do I decrypt?
I am attaching an encrypted file.
Thank you so much thanks

 GALLERIE.docx.enc.rtf   56.21KB
  23 downloads

Answer:file encrypted

Trojan.Ransomcrypt.D (DirtyDecrypt.exe) is an older ransomware infection.There is a lengthy ongoing discussion in this topic: Ransomcrypt (DirtyDecrypt.exe) uses EFS. Rather than have everyone start individual topics, it would be best (and more manageable for staff) if you posted any questions, comments or requests for assistance in that topic discussion.ThanksThe BC Staff

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Question: encrypted jpg file

I have some .jpg files encrypted by Roxio (I think) that end with .jpg.$cr
How do I decrypt them? I haven't seen Roxio in years.
Thanks,
Ken
 

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I really, really need to what's in this archive. It's the only existing copy of photos of me and my fiancee from when we started dating because my memory card has failed.

I've been planning something for a very long time to propose to her and I need these photos desperately! I cannot stress how important it is!

The RAR archive is encrypted and I've tried every password I can think of, but none of my regular ones work. I swear it's my file and my photos in it - I'm actually them after all.

I do have one of the files in the archive and I think it might even have the original filename.

Please, I really need this. I don't have much money, but if someone could do this I could prove it's my archive and pay you afterward. It would mean the world to me. Thank you.
 

Answer:Urgent help with encrypted RAR file!

Well, I haven't seen anything that would decrypt a passworded rar file, if it's even not-corrupted as you hinted to that fact. Did you try to enter leaving it blank? Grasping at straws here as I never encrypt my rar files. I hope somebody else here can help you further than my measly attempt. Good luck!
 

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When I start my computer this message is shown
Attention! All your files are encrypted!
To restore your files and access them, you must pay $50 (USD) in BTC (Bitcoin)

You can obtain Bitcoin easily at localbitcoins.com
When you have obtained $50 BTC, you must contact [email protected] to retreive your key to decrypt your files.

Email: [email protected] for support. Emails unrelated to payment or decryption may be ignored.

Plz anybody help me how to solve this problem.
 

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I used to have Win XP and encrypted some files in that OS.
I recently upgraded to Win 7 ultimate and totally forgot to decrypted some files before taking backup.
now I am stuck with those files encrypted with my Win XP user information.
Is there any way I could access those files in Win 7?

I formated the computer, so I do not have access to my old Win XP, that means I cannot get that licence.
 

Answer:Accessing Win XP Encrypted File in Win 7

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hi there, I accidentally dragged my file to an encrypted folder, i cannot open the file, i decided to reprogram my computer, i still cant open file, i clicked on properties, under security tab, it has 3 users, Authenticated users, System and my new user name. On general tab, i've click advance button and encrypt attributes has a check, i've click details it appears that my previous user is still there. when i click add it displays no certificate available. Please help. i been working on this for two weeks. I'm using windows 7
 

Answer:Can't open encrypted file

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so i was not sure what i was doing when i was messing around with encrypting files,
I have my external hard drive and encrypted around a dozen video files, then my copy of windows xp crashed due to a virus, i lost the previous version of xp due to reformatting, however i would like to access the video files again on my external hard drvie. I do not also remember the password from my previous copy of xp also.

any help would be greatly appreicated
 

Answer:encrypted file trouble

You are out of luck, XP needs the original certificates and private keys that were used when you encrypted the data. By formatting and reinstalling, these items are no longer available to you. I know of no way around this, although if there is I would love to know about it if you happen to run into it.
 

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I have a tax document that was emailed to me as a PDF document that is encrypted. The email was sent in 2011 ( around February) and I have the passowrd for the document. However; when I try to open the document today I am told the passowrd is incorrect. I have verified the password with the person who sent the document and it is correct. I am currently using Reader 9.0. I really need this document. Can anyone help me?
 

Answer:Cannot open encrypted file

Try installing the latest version of Adobe Reader.
 

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My PC, a Dell 600M died yesterday. The system board was fried, so I had no choice but to buy a new laptop, a Toshiba this time.
I had my Dells HDD put into an external USB case, so I could recover the data. There is one important MS Excel file which I could not transfer because it was encrypted using windows on the Dell PC. How can I get access to this file so I can open it up in the Toshiba PC.
I cannot boot the new toshiba from the USB drive to remove the encryption from the file.
Any ideas would be very much appreciated as the contents of this file are very important to me.
 

Answer:encrypted file access

The short answer is, you can't. If you used EFS to encrypt the file, and you didn't save the recovery keys, there is no road back.
 

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hello

im going to buy a new laptop (acer aspire 1694), i had a big problem with my last laptop, it was stolen and someone got access to all the data in the harddrive!

i used microsoft windows xp in a fat32 partition, now i want to use both microsot windows xp and slackware linux, i know almost nothing about linux but im going to learn...

my question is, what option should i take to save and secure all my data/files?

1- i need to have read and write (or at least read) in both operating systems.

this means... i can't put all the files in a ntfs drive or ext2, i know there are some third party add-ons that let me work in other file systems, i saw a microsoft windows xp add-on that would let me work in ext2 partitions, but i don't know if i can trust them!

2- i would like to use encrypted file system so that if someone i don't know gets access to my data/files they can't view them!

the problem is that i really don't know how encypted file system work! i have no clue! i mean, it would be great it worked like e a normal file system after the user loging in, for example: in microft windows xp or linux "welcome screen" (where people type the username and password) i enter them as i normaly do, and then get access to my harddrive like a normal file system, this means that if someone doesn't login with the rigth username/password they can't view my files!

this would be great if it worked like this, but i think theres... Read more

Answer:encrypted file system

NTFS, EXT2, EXT3, and ResierFS are all encrypted files systems; the last 3 are Linux file systems. Just because you use an encrypted file system does not mean that someone will not be able to read your files, unless you are using some third-party file encryption software. Windows cannot read a Linux partition, however all modern Linux distributions can read a NTFS partition, there are a couple that have a NTFS module that supports full read/write (in beta). If your laptop were to be stolen, the files can be read using a 'Live CD' such as Knoppix or SimplyMEPIS. The only way to protect your files from unauthorized access is to use a third-party file encryption program.
 

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Some time back, I put some confidential financial details in a file using Ashampoo Magical Security, creating a password to encrypt it. Now, I can't for the life of me remember the password. The point, of course is that there shouldn't be - but is there any way I can access this file?

Answer:Unlocking encrypted file

click here

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OkI got about 380 WMV MPEG files on a USB stick! I encrypted them succesfully. When i try to open them via the secretZip-v1.05, it only opens about 90stumbling on many saying:-'Error writing to the specific file, continue or cancel'If i carry on, it just goes the next one & says 'Error' again! Is there any specific way i successfully decrypt all the files!

Answer:Pro b decryptin Encrypted EZC file

Any help at all in the User Manual click here? GBtw, how did you manage to solve a similar(?) problem 17 months ago click here?I would dump what looks like buggy software & use something like TrueCrypt click here instead. Been using it for several years now with no problems at all.Once you create a password-protected encrypted container, it's just a matter of copying & pasting your files into it, then closing it. When you need to access the container, mount it, enter a password & you're in again (just don't lose the password!). What's more, it's instantaneous. Beginner's tutorial with screenshots click here. Any problems, just ask. G

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A few months ago, I performed a repair of Windows XP Pro SP2 to recover from some issues (never figured out what, though).



Recently, I tried to access a file that I had encrypted (using NTFS encryption through Windows). I found that I couldn't open, decrypt, or move the file to a FAT32 flash drive (access denied). Thinking that the repair install had done something to the encryption, I logged on as the Administrator and attempted to take ownership of the file, but Access was denied again. I then attempted to edit the file permissions and was able to add all users to the list of accounts allowed to access the file. But when I tried to access it, access denied.

Thinking perhaps that the file was corrupted, I deleted it and restored a copy from a backup made in December (my backups only go back 2 weeks). The restore was successful but the probel remained. So, I tried to restore the file again, but this time to a FAT32 flash drive with the settings set so that security descriptors would not be restored (I use Windows built in backup utility). The restore failed. I tried the same thing again but to an NTFS drive but it failed again.

Can anyone help me?

Answer:Encrypted File Won't Decrypt

You might try cipher from a command line using the /d switch.The encrypted file needs to be sitting on an ntfs volume. I believe the read only attribute may need to be removed as well. More on it here. Click the "cipher" link on that page.

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Hey guys,
Not sure if this is the right forum to be posting in, I basically backed up my content from an old laptop and ive kept it ever since, its been put onto an external haddrive for a while and now I need to access it.
So I get it and try to extract is and its asking for a password, well ive entered what im sure the password is but it says it isnt correct; very confusing. So I try some more because this was quite a while ago, but still nothing.
Then I get one of these password recovery programs, when I select the input file it says it isnt a zip file!? (it definitely ends in .zip and definitely is a .zip)

Does anyone have any ideas of what to do? Its quite a long password as it was the entire contents of my laptop so it has some sensitive material on it to do with work and bank account details and such.

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Encrypted/Corrupted Zip file

Can you see the files and folders on the external drive?
Have you tried to take ownership of them?

You won't be able to extract programs ... you'll have to download them again, unless you still have the installer saved.

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Hello!
First of let me say I tried literally everything.
I made a Virtual Hard Drive (VHD) a few days ago.
The file has been saved as a VHD on my C drive.
But when I try to mount it it says the VHD file is broken.
I know it is not broken it just doesn't ask for a password, what I really weird, I really do not understand it.
I try'd google but I found nothing.
Hopefully you people can help!
Would be great,

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I am unable to extraxct the files as the password is not promoted. Any ways I can force it to prompt?
 

Answer:Password encrypted zip file

Where is the file from please

Even if we can help there is insufficient detail in your post to assist you

Is this a downloaded file, a file sent to you by email attachment etc or what please
 

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I have an old WinXP EFS-encrypted file on my computer I would like to decrypt, however, I can't seem to gain access to the account that created it. The account it was encrypted under was a domain account from a previous domain, and the domain controllers don't even exist anymore. The computer has changed domains twice and went to a workgroup once since then.The user account still exists in 'Documents and Settings' and the user's SID is still listed as part of the Administrators group.I know all of the following information:The original user's domain and usernameThe original user's passwordThe original user's SIDHowever, no matter what I try, I can't seem to log on as that domain\username anymore to get to the file.Is it possible to recover the file?

Answer:Decrypt a file encrypted with EFS

DecryptMeNot, sorta bamboozles me personally, but Google returns a lot. Look @:http://www.google.com/#hl=en&source...HTH.Ed in Texas.

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Ok, there is a file on my computer which is not letting me access it. I have full control in the security permissions but its been encrypted with the built in encryption system and has locked me out.

My computers name is 0X01.

The user the file is encrypted to is 0X01$([email protected])

Now, either my computer has come to life and is encrypting files on me or my earlier post about someone hacking into my computer was correct.

The file happens to be my firewall so when the firewall tries to launch I get an access denied message.

I have tried to add my own account to the encryption list to try to give myself access but it is refusing to do it since I do not currently have access.

Any way to do anything? Maybe override the security settings or hack myself?

Thanks in advance.
Please hurry with replies, God knows whats going on :S

Answer:File has encrypted itself and locked me out?

Just noticed, all the DLL files in the same folder are encrypted using the same user (0X01$)

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