Can I decrypt data on a Windows 2000 NTFS disc?

A user encrypted important data on Windows 2000 NTFS disc, but then reinstalled Windows 2000 without backing up his personal certificate. Is there any chance to decrypt the data?
Yes, if either the standalone user encryption keys were backed up or the local stand alone server administrator encryption keys were backed up. In either case, import the keys to a new user account and decrypt the files. You say the user keys are not, administrator?

Alternatively, there are data recovery firms and forensic firms that may have a solution. The Guidance software program, Encase, has a EFS module that may be able to recover the credentials, and therefore the data. You may purchase this software from guidance at www.guidance.com.

This was last published in May 2004

Dig Deeper on Windows legacy operating systems



Find more PRO+ content and other member only offers, here.

Have a question for an expert?

Please add a title for your question

Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.

You will be able to add details on the next page.



Forgot Password?

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

Your password has been sent to: