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Accessing Data on a FDE drive via USB connection


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#1 Mazi

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Posted 04 May 2016 - 04:59 PM

Hi 

Thank you for taking the time to read my post, im really hoping someone here can help me. Please let me know if ive posted in the wrong forum. 

 

I have a laptop hard drive that's been removed from a system with a bad motherboard, The drive is a seagate momentus that has has full disk encryption or self encrypting. I want to recover the information from the hard, but have not been able to figure out how to enter the drive password to unlock the drive. Is there a tool or application i can use to access this drive? 

 

The screen that came up which allowed me to enter password had a "Wave System corp", ive tried contacting them, but it think they are out of business. 

 

I'd appreciate any help on this. 

 

Thanks 



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#2 graymatteron

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Posted 26 May 2016 - 11:46 AM

To unlock this drive you will need the keys used to encrypt it that are locked into the pre-boot environment on the drive.  If you don't have a backup copy of this key then you will need to install the drive in another computer and enter the username and password configured for this device's pre-boot authentication.  If you have neither of these then you are out of luck.



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Posted 26 May 2016 - 11:54 AM

Where is the end-user for this computer?  If still there -- s/he hopefully will have the key or username/password written down in a safe place.  If end-user moved on, you're back to what Grey said.


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#4 Mazi

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Posted 15 June 2016 - 03:48 PM

So i was finally able to recover the data

 

Thanks for getting back to me. 

I installed the drive in another system, instead of having it boot into the Windows after entering the password, i booted into Ubuntu and was able to access the files. 

 

Thanks for your help 

 

Mazi



#5 JohnC_21

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Posted 15 June 2016 - 04:12 PM

If the drive was using full disk encryption how was Ubuntu able to access the files? If you simply booted to Ubuntu and accessed the files without a password then the disk was not encrypted.



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Posted 16 June 2016 - 08:39 AM

sorry if i didnt state clearly in the original post that i have the password. After entering the password the system would blue screen.

what i wanted to know was if i can access the drive Via USB to get the files off. for example if there was a software that would recognize the drive and allow me to enter the password to decrypt it. 



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Posted 16 June 2016 - 03:25 PM

No problem. Thanks for the clarification. I understand now.






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