Methods for Recovering Encrypted Data Files
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This article describes methods for recovering data that was encrypted with the Encrypting File System (EFS) if the private key for the user who encrypted the files is lost or destroyed.
If your computer is a member of a Windows 2000-based domain and you encrypted the files by using a domain user account, your encrypted files can be recovered by the EFS Recovery Agent for your domain. There are two methods for determining who the Recovery Agent is:
- Contact your system administrator.
- If you have access to the Microsoft Windows 2000 Resource Kit, you can use the Efsinfo utility to determine who the designated Recovery Agent is for a given file or set of files.For additional information about the Efsinfo tool, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: 243026 Using Efsinfo.exe to Determine Information About Encrypted Files
223316 Best Practices for Encrypting File System
241201 HOW TO: Back Up Your Encrypting File System Private Key in Windows 2000Other EFS-related information is available on the following Microsoft Web site: NOTE: If you do not have access to a Recovery Agent's account with a valid recovery key, you cannot recover the data. There is no workaround in EFS.
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Article ID: 255742 - Last Review: 12/05/2015 18:55:27 - Revision: 3.6
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