I searched the site for this issue but had no luck so maybe you guys can help!
About a year ago I finally switched from XP Pro (X86) to 7 Pro (X64). I must explain the chain of events for you to understand this situation. Please bear with me.
So my computer was running XP on 2 striped HD's. When I purchased 7, I added an SSD for the OS install and kept the 2 striped raid drives as my original XP boot incase things didn't work out with 7. After about a month or so I decided to keep 7 and transform the XP drives into a raid storage drive for pics, music and such. I got lazy with backing up everything and wiping the raid drives so I kept all the user folders in the "my Documents" folder as they were and just remapped the my "My Documents" and such folders over to the existing My Docs, My Pics, My Music folder on the raid drives. Then I erased everything else on the drives (Boot sector stuff, windows directory, all hidden/system folders) so the drive would now function as a raided storage drive.
The problem I'm finally realizing now is that back on the old XP setup I had encrypted the folder that held my taxes and other financial/personal documents. Unfortunitely that folder was never moved off the drive. I just deleted the operating system around it. Now, when I try to access that folder that is mapped to my Windows 7 OS, I get permission errors. I can open the folders and see the files but I can not access or load any file. I have tried everything to decrypt or open these files but nothing that I can think of has worked.
Does anyone know of a way to retrieve the info locked in these folders? Thank you in advance for any help or suggestions you can give me!