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

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

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.

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

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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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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 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. 

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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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 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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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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Hello,
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
back.

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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I took out the hard drive from my windows pc after the motherboard failed and started to use it as a external drive for my mac. So it has now been formatted for macs. But I realized there were files on it I did not back up, that are really important. Is it at all possible to retrieve those files again?
 

Answer:Recover files from a (now Mac) formatted drive?

Never mind, I found an old backup folder containing the files I need. Close call...
 

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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?

Thanks!
 

Answer:Formatted the drive, need to recover files!

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I got some virus and something went wrong with my computer starting i tried to reformat and reset to factory settings but I shut down my computer halfway through the procedure. the reformat completed but the reset did not. I need to recover all of my files from the hard drive from before the reformat please help me. thank you.

Answer:need to recover files from a formatted hard drive

Got a ton of money? The pros can get $2000 and up for that.You can try something like this....http://www.uneraser.com/quest12.htmOr look around for a free version....

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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?
 

Answer: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???
 

Answer: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.

http://www.google.com/search?q=reco...-us&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&startIndex=&startPage=1
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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I have reinstalled XP on a new hard drive and formatted the hard drive that contained the previous XP installation. I omitted to save my favourites from the formatted drive. Does anybody know a reliable way to retrieve the lost file

Answer:Recover files from a formatted hard drive

click heredon't think there is a free answer to this question,good luck...

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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!!!

Eric
 

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

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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
 

Answer:Formatted Hard Drive Accidently..how can i recover my 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?

Answer:[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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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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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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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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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 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
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 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

Answer: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,
Shawn

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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 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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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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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,

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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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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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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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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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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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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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?

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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Situation is a PC with Windows XP corrupted beyond recovery. User has turned on file encryption. No backup of the encryption key. The drive is still readable, but the Windows install will not work. The files are there for Windows.


What are the options? Is the key stored somewhere on the hard drive?
 

Answer:Recover XP Encrypted Files.

Met-AL said:



What are the options? Is the key stored somewhere on the hard drive?Click to expand...

Would have to be. However, at this point you have to ask yourself ( or the person who wants the files ) how important they are to them. It's not going to be a pleasant experience trying to recover those files, and there is no guarantee no matter how hard you work at it.
 

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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
 

Answer: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

Answer:How to recover encrypted files?

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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 Mr/Ms
I
flash
drive encrypted
with BitLocker 
I used
this
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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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?

Answer: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 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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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.

Answer: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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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?

Answer: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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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).

Answer: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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Hi,

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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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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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:

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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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By using NTFS encryption feature, I had encrypt some files in my Win XP pro.After that, I install Win XP using Advanced option on same partition. That Windows folder is renamed as WinXP.Now I have two windows folders named "Windows" (For old XP) and "WinXP" (For new XP)After, I just delete all old XP files including "Windows" folder from Windows Explorer. I totally forget to decrypt the encrypted files on NTFS file system before delete old XP.Now all encrypted files and the old XP username setting which is found on "Documents and Settings" folder are not opened. Both says same error message "Access is denied".Also I am try to copy that files using Fedora Linux 8 but no use.There is possible way to recover my files.

Answer:Recover NTFS encrypted files in WinXP

Without the encryption key, there will be no way to decrypt your files. It sounds to me like you've deleted any hope of recovering those files. There are ways to recover them, but it requires an adminstrator's account plus access to the public key of the user who encrypted the file, which you no longer have.

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Apparently 1 folder with ~10 files was encrypted from my old install of Windows 7. It was saved on my back-up hard drive, separate than the OS drive, and could be accessed without any special procedure when Windows 7 was installed. I "upgraded" to Windows 8 without realizing it was encrypted and can no longer access the files. I have the old username and password from my Windows 7 install but no certificates. Some research seems to indicate my files are lost forever.

My question is: I still have my Windows 7 disc and activation key that was in use when the files were apparently encrypted. If I reformat my computer again (same hardware) and "create" a new encryption key using the same computer and Windows 7 info, would this key be able to access the files again? I'm sure it's a long-shot but I wasn't sure how the certificate information was generated and if it would be the same if it was created under the same conditions.
 

Answer:Recover encrypted files after upgrade from Windows 7 to 8?

Encryption is great at making small problems real difficult ones
 

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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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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?
 

Answer: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?
 

Answer: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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hi,

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

Regards,
Durga S

Answer: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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I do upgrading my laptop from XP to W7 and want to move my files. Problem is that some of them were encrypted by WinXP manager (Yamicsoft) in 2010, and I lost/forgot password. Is there any way to recover files (now they even not transferable by Windows Easy transfer or Yamicsoft manager.

Any help, please.
 

Answer:How to recover files/password encrypted by Yamicsof Win managert

Hi Sadly of you have a password for secure files then you need to know said password again as most passworded files will not open unless you know the original password.

You could try emailing Yamicsoft and see if they can help.
 

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I was forced to repair my XP Professional using the original installation disk. Files I had encrypted are listed in green, but I cannot read them.Is there a way to read the files or decrypt them? Can I recover the original encryption certificates or reconstruct them?More info:There were no hardware failures. The machine is exactly the same. After the repair, the original account and password was intact (I did not have to recreate the account or set a new password. When I booted, Windows' login screen had my original account name and accepted the password I always used).The first thing that happened when trouble started - I was unable to boot at all because one of the hive files had become corrupt or missing according to the error message on the blue screen. I backed up the files in system32/config and replaced SOFTWARE with software.bak and software.sav on various attempts. That made no difference.Strangely, when I put the original SOFTWARE file back in system32/config, the machine booted to the login screen but told me that it could not verify my Windows license (error80090019).I think, but can't be sure, that rsaenh.dll had somehow become unregistered. I was unable to run regsvr32 in safe mode or recovery mode.After trying to boot with the last known good configuration and many attempts at rolling back to a previous restore point (with windows boot disc, safe mode, UBCD4Win...), I did a repair installation.All my documents appear to be intact. I need to re-install... Read more

Answer:Recover encrypted files after performing Windows XP repair

Although this refers to windows-7... it may at least be a possible starting point?http://tinyurl.com/kaoe7haAnd this one appears to be specific to XP...http://tinyurl.com/m486vbkA google trawl using the string:recover encrypted files windows XPbrought those two and there are many more besides. Some are likely utilities to be downloaded (and some/very likely not free)...And yes.. it is useful to have a backup (stand-alone drive) elsewhere; and unless absolutely essential that back up not encrypted - but at least password protected?message edited by trvlr

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I recently reinstalled XP and mistakenly did a quick format of my data drive and have lost files ie:- ebooks, pdf documents,documentaries, movies (avi) that i would like to recover, I wouldn't have minded if it was my D drive as i have it backed up
the drive in question is 750GB in three partitions 70gb C:windows partition,160gb Drogram files,467gb G:data storage
the G drive partition isn't deleted as it is listed in disk management as free space
i use an external drive to backup my data but in this case i hadn't done one for a while
Is there a program i can use to recover the partition ?
from reading other peoples posts most seem to have deleted their partitions and the programs recommended are pretty expensive i don't want to pay big bucks if a free program will restore the partition
any help would be appreciated
 

Answer:Recover formatted drive

You might try one of These freeware suggestions.

I've seen This recover files from a Formatted HDD when others wouldn't .. But that was a long time ago.
The trial DL will see if it can read the Drive .. But you have to buy it to recover the Data.
 

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Is it possable to recover the files from a formatted drive.
The drive was formatted with partition Magic 7.0 .
Any software download out their that might do that?
Thank you,
 

Answer:Is it possible to recover a Formatted Drive?

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does anybody know if i could recover data from a partion on my hard drive its in fat 32 its where my operating system was windows xp many thanks

Answer:can i recover data from a formatted drive

Hi, I would say it is not impossible but very very unlikely. It can be done, by the experts, but is a very very costly business.Cheers.

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I meant to format a flash drive, and clicked on my 2tb drive used for media.
I've gone through a LOT of "free" recovery tools, and found that all of them
want money after I scan.
I've come to the conclusion that there is no free recovery tool, is there??
Is there a way I can do the recovery myself? Previous versions is out.
If not, what is the cheapest ?
Right now, I have DiskDigger scanning, but from looking at a preview of a
couple pics, there's gonna be some lost data.
Running the free upgrade Win 10.
 

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I have a hard drive that I wiped out with the Symatech ghost 7.5 utility GDisk. The command I used was Gdisk 1 /diskwipe which wipes the drive clean back to a non partitioned drive.

Does anyone out there know of an over the counter utility that might work in recovering data from this type of wiped drive.

I am prepared to send it to a data recovery center but I would welcome any other alterantives.

Thanks

Rumble2003
 

Answer:Can I recover a drive that has been formatted with GDisk??

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I got a two hard drives in my PC.(160GB & 500GB)Windows is running on 160GB HDD.I try to install Linux to 500GB HDD.At first, Linux asked to change HDD file format (NTFS to Linux format).I click on first option and it's done.then I stop installing Linux & went to MyComputer. The computer doesn't show the 500GB HDD now. When I go to the disk management, It shows 500GB HDD & indicate, It's totally has free space.So I want to know how to recover my data on 500GB HDD.I think It's formatted. Please help here. I gotta necessary files on that 500GB HDD.

Answer:How to recover data from formatted hard drive?

click here is free and is well regarded.G

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I have a G50 with a fully up-t0-date WIndows 8.1 install. I used Ubuntu on my previous laptop, but then I needed to run a Windows program, so bought the G50 even though I don't really like Windows. Now I don't need Windows anymore (as I have found a way to do what I need in Ubuntu that actually works better) I want to format the hard drive and install Ubuntu as it runs faster and is less prone to viruses and so on.
 
However - and here is the key bit - there is a chance I will need to put Windows back on the computer at some point if I need to run software that only works on Windows, or if I want to sell the laptop.
 
To this end I have:
 
1) Created a USB 'Recovery Drive' using the tools in WIndows. This drive has about 16GB data on it. I selected the option to 'Copy the contents of the Recovery Partition' also.
 
2) Created a backup on an external HDD using Lenovo's 'OneKeyReovery' system. This totals about 200GB data as I presume it includes my documents, music and so on.
 
Is this all I need to restore Windows if I need to? Do I need to extract the licence key somehow, or will that still be stored in the BIOS after I put Ubntu on? Or, indeed, is it encoded into the backup?
 
I guess a restore would be the same as if I'd had to put a new HDD in if/when I need to do it.
 
Advice much appreciated. Thanks.
 
Mod's Edit: System model added to Subject line to improve visibility / clarity
 
 
 
 

Answer:G50 - OneKeyRecovery Windows 8.1 - recover from formatted drive?

Just to add - I've also created a Windows.iso as per the instructions in this thread: https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Lenovo-B-and-G-Series-Notebooks/Lenovo-G50-70-how-to-recovery/td-p/1811... The software to create the ISO requires Windows, so I thought it best to do that before I got rid of Windows ... There is room to store the created ISO on the USB drive, although I am not entirely sure if it will work without Windows being installed.

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how do i recover contents of hard drive after it has been formatted

Answer:how do i recover contents of hard drive after it has been formatted

If it's your main drive, don't use the computer or as little as possible if you don't have second computer.
Everything you do is overwriting some of the old data.....more

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Had to re-format hard drive after using a free utility to clean free space on my hard drive. After cleaning system would not boot, got message "New Technology Loader" missing. Dell techs advised me to re-format hard drive and reinstall OS (XP Pro). Did so and of course lost everything including photos of my now departed mother-in-law. I'm in big trouble if I can't get these photos back! Your help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
 

Answer:Recover photos from re-formatted hard drive

helstonian said:


Had to re-format hard drive after using a free utility to clean free space on my hard drive. After cleaning system would not boot, got message "New Technology Loader" missing. Dell techs advised me to re-format hard drive and reinstall OS (XP Pro). Did so and of course lost everything including photos of my now departed mother-in-law. I'm in big trouble if I can't get these photos back! Your help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.Click to expand...

If it is worth that much to you, might be best to take it in to a pro.

In the meantime, don't use it so as to avoid overwriting the files anymore than they already are.
 

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I have the 40GB Lap Top Hard Drive (Toshiba MK-4019 GAXB) that was corrupted and all partitions disappeared. Look like that it was resulted from the installation of Win XP Service Pack 2 since I swapped another known to be in good order hard drive and all partitions disappeared. I have no other way but format the hard drive and reinstall Win XP Service Pack 1.

Somebody recommended that I should try to recover the data after reinstallation the O/S. I have formatted and only install new OS but not other programs. Is there anyway that I can try to recover the datas? If there is, which method or program that is efficient in doing so? I used to download some recovery programs but most of them could not recover the large files or cost too much to purchase. I just need the simple program that can do the job.

Thanks

Answer:Can we recover data from formatted hard drive?

First you will need a data recovery program. But that might not fully recover your stuff. Since you have already formatted not all end applicaitons can find the info. You might need a more professional grade applicaiton.

Even then it still might not find it all cause you install a OS which could ahve overwritten some of the info upon install. It is always best to backup your info first. Then re-install. If that isnt a option there are other things that can be done. Repair installs, or trying to fix the problem.

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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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Hello windows seven,

I was thinking for this...

Local Disk C --> either bitlocker encrypted or unencrypted.
Local Disk D --> bitlocker encrypted partition and a space for backup

How can I backup and recover if using Acronis?

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I have formatted my hard drive and i have even changed the partion and previously there are four partion of the hard drives but right now there are only two partions of hard drive after formatting.And by mistake i have lost the ms-office document.Can anybody tell me the easiest way of recovering the ms-office document now??????????

Answer:how to recover ms-office document from formatted hard drive

Since you changed the partitioning, it may be nearly impossible, but Recuva is worth a try:http://www.piriform.com/recuva"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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A friend has accidentally formatted their hard drive on a video camera which contained hundreds of photos.

Can anyone suggest the best software to recover the files.

Financial cost of the software is not an issue!

Any help would be great
 

Answer:software to recover formatted camera hard drive

Do you mean flash memory, like an SD card or Memory Stick? http://www.download.com/PC-Inspector-Smart-Recovery/3000-2242_4-10066144.html
Convar has worked for me in the past, as long as you haven't taken more pictures over the formatted disk.
 

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Well,

I accidentally formatted one of my hard drives with vista before saving the data i wanted to save. Does anyone know any good data recovery programs to rescue the data? I have done anything with the hard drive other than scan it with various software to try and recover the data. Hope someone can help.
 

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hello,

I need to recover from a formatted external hard drive - buffalo 160gb mini-station Turbo USB, FAT32. The formatted external hard drive has been partitioned into 2.

Is still possible to recover back the files?

On related problem - what is the best software to repair corrupted jpeg? using ulead photo explorer 7se, i managed to view the jpeg with full pixels but when I open the file, the picture displayed is only half and the other half is blank gray.

I have plenty of corrupted mov - is there any mov repairer out there?

Thank you thank you for your help and I really hope someone can kindly attend to my question this time.
 

Answer:recover data from formatted external hard drive

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Hi,
I have formatted my 2 TB external hard drive for seeping up the drive performance. But little later I noted that it has some of my important word and excel files. Now I want my data back from that formatted hard drive, please suggest me I can do to get those files back.

Answer:Want to recover my data back from a formatted hard drive

Looks difficult but use one of these Free Data Recovery Software and see if they help.

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Hello everyone, I recently needed to boot to the Command Prompt on my Windows 7 HP Laptop. I used the recovery disks I made, thinking I could access the CMD from there, like I had read online. Not finding anything at the main recovery menu screen, I clicked on System Reset/Restore to attempt to get to CMD from there. Ive done a full factory reset 3 times in the past, so I didnt plan to actually format my Hard Drive while trying to boot to CMD. However, I clicked the next button one to many times, and without much warning, System Restore started to format my main HD. I held the power button down to force shut down the computer and stop formatting but I knew damage had already been done.

I would assume that the formatting I did just erased the file system necessarily to access the actual information, without actually erasing much of my files. I took the HD out of my laptop and put it into an external enclosure, attempting to access the info from another computer. the drive shows up, but there is no size for it, and when opening it, it requires another format before it can be viewed. If I boot my laptop with the damaged drive in it, it will say "error loading operating system", so it des recognize that the drive has an OS installed on it. Is there any way to recover the files on the HD? Im not sure how the file system itself works, but it seems like it would be possible to write a file system back onto the HD without destroying its contents. Any help would be greatly ... Read more

Answer:Corrupt/Semi-Formatted Hard Drive - Need to Recover Data!

Are you positive that it was "formatting"? There isn't usually a format when using the recovery partition for recovery, or the recovery disks. Did it actually say "formatting"?

I suppose it doesn't much matter because even if it had started to restore the disk image, the results would have been almost the same.

About all you can do is scan with recovery software and see if anything remains. You really should try that before messing with the file system or partitions in case all ends up lost.

Files that are not backed up are files you should expect to lose.

The trouble is that anything that would try to "rebuild" what was on the disk would need to include the data that is no longer present to create accurate structures, like an MFT or boot record. But try everything.

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Hi!
I am running Windows 7 Enterprise with Bitlocker.
Unfortunately I ran into problems booting up and eventually it looked like the harddrive (SSD) was malfunctioning. My backup solution was fresh so I haven't given it much thought, just replaced the drive, but I would still like to know if it's possible to
recover data from the drive while it's encrypted with Bitlocker?
I have searched the net for info but none of them seem to focus on my problem; the drive itself shows no volume information, so I'm unable to run any decryption protocols on it. Therefore I'm unable to run any recovery software on it either.
I'm afraid I might've made the situation worse with my attempts at recovery, but still, any help is appreciated!

Best Regards,
Heini

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Hello everyone here
Seem like I am and idiot to it's seem funny it's like lock the door and then throw the key to that room.
I was wondering whether how can I open certificate.ptx file if it's already encrypted. I suddenly found a video on youtube
about encryption thing that can be done by CMD i have no idea what is about just try and follow it i'm not really know
that all the files that save on my desktop are being encrypted automatically. I saw windows asked to save the certificate then I save it on my desktop later on my PC error so I move all my files on desktop to external drive and do Windows reset tool completely
reset. And I've just noticed I can open all my files which I back up :/
Please if somebody have solution please let's me know. Now i'm stuck with all my files like 120Gb :/
Regard,
Sela 

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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 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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Hello ALL,

I know it's a dumb and a sad situation, I've deleted a drive and quick formatted...now I want to get some data back...it is presently in an unlocated state, I've not touched it nor rewritten over it, all I've done for now is tried 3 programs:

ParetoLogic data recovery
GetData RecoverMyfiles
EaseUs Data recovery

All give same results, files are all there, correct files sizes...but files come out corrupt, no use.

Before I give up, is there something I can do to restore, something like correct table to HD, or maybe allocate the drive and scan again ?

Any hints would be greatly appreciated
Cheers from Canada

Answer:Recovered files from formatted drive : all corrupt files ?

You don't seem clear on what you did. If you have quick formatted, how is it unallocated?

Another free one you could try is Recuva.In the options select "Deep Scan" and "restore folder struture"

https://www.piriform.com/recuva/download

If Recuva is not successful, then it depends how much it is worth to you.

There are several programs which will scan, find the files and allow you to recover a small amount.

If they work well for that, then you can pay for a license and complete the job.

You could try that with MT power data recovery ( recovers 1gb at a time free ), and partition guru (recovers small up to 60kb for free ), and ZAR ( recovers all photos for free )

Free File Recovery Software - Power Data Recovery is an all-in-one free data recovery software that could help you to recover your lost data from hard disk, CD, DVD disk, memory stick, memory card, and flash drive.

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Recover deleted files, Partition manager and Windows backup - PartitionGuru

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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 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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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,
My Laptop Drive was encrypted with BIT Locker and my laptop is not booting.. I have the BIT Locker Key.
I am able to access my Drive via USB, however the  main partition is showing as unallocated, how can i recover my data from that unallocated partition.
Regards
Mohit

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I have 2000 some encrypted pictures on hard drive x.(windows xp)

Hard drive x is now a slave drive on another computer. (its computer was sold)

I have complete access to hard drive x, but cannot migrate my old profile/keys over to the new computer to decrypt the files.

Is there any way to do this short of going back in time and not doing it to begin with?

hard drive x gives the stop error when i try to boot with it
and the new computer is running windows xp also
 

Answer:old hard drive, encrypted files

If you encrypted them with EFS and didn't make a recovery agent backup, they're gone. You have to boot from the original O/S using the ORIGINAL user profile to access those files.
 

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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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