New member here but I'm hoping someone can help me!
Without going into too much detail I am an amateur producer who enjoys making music from home.
As you can probably imagine I have thousands of music samples and files that I have downloaded over the past few years that I use for making music.
However... I'm not too sure how but somehow I manager to activate the EFS function without knowing and encrypted all my files, it wasn't a problem at the time as it didn't affect me in any way but two days ago I had to reinstall windows as I stupidly managed to download an Adware Trojan and was forced to reinstall my OS.
Before I reinstalled Windows 10 I copied all of my wanted files onto an external HDD so I could do a full wipe on my system and start from fresh, but what I didn't know was I needed to copy the encryption certificate so that I could actually use my "encrypted" files which I obviously didn't do.
I'm using the same laptop as I was before but it will not let me decrypt the files or even copy them from the HDD to my laptop.
Is there any way around this?
Since learning what has happened I would have thought that because I'm using the same laptop/hardware that it wouldn't be an issue but it will not let me decrypt them and now I have potentially lost everything I had!
Please can someone tell me there is a way around this!
Many thanks in advance