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#1 abku1980

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Posted 07 May 2017 - 06:40 AM

I removed a pata hard drive and placed it inside a external enclosure. the users on the hard drive was password protected. how do i access them when i connect external hard drive in laptop. any advice please



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 07 May 2017 - 08:52 AM

If you are talking about User login passwords then attaching the drive using an enclosure overrides those passwords. If the files themselves are encrypted then you are out of luck. I believe Windows 10 can encrypt files when a Microsoft Account is used to login. If that option was used then you cannot access the files.

 

 https://www.howtogeek.com/234826/how-to-enable-full-disk-encryption-on-windows-10/

 

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/microsoft-windows-10-device-encryption-key

 

Microsoft stores the encryption key on One Drive but I do not know how to use this key to recover data from an external drive. Somebody on the forum or Microsoft may be able to give you the steps required.


Edited by JohnC_21, 07 May 2017 - 08:52 AM.


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Posted 07 May 2017 - 01:52 PM

If you are talking about User login passwords then attaching the drive using an enclosure overrides those passwords. If the files themselves are encrypted then you are out of luck. I believe Windows 10 can encrypt files when a Microsoft Account is used to login. If that option was used then you cannot access the files.

 

 https://www.howtogeek.com/234826/how-to-enable-full-disk-encryption-on-windows-10/

 

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/microsoft-windows-10-device-encryption-key

 

Microsoft stores the encryption key on One Drive but I do not know how to use this key to recover data from an external drive. Somebody on the forum or Microsoft may be able to give you the steps required.

thank you for your response. The hard drive was removed from a windows xp laptop. the files were not encrypted. i only had the user login password. the other users on the drive without a password are accessible



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Posted 07 May 2017 - 02:34 PM

Are you saying you can access all files except the one account? If this was only a user login password then you should still be able to access the files.

 

It's possible the user encrypted the files/folder using EFS. In that case I am not sure how you would recover those files.

 

https://www.howtogeek.com/236719/whats-the-difference-between-bitlocker-and-efs-encrypting-file-system-on-windows/



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Posted 13 May 2017 - 11:14 PM

Plug the PATA into a compatible machine and boot to Safe Mode (advanced boot options): Without chipset , video and other drivers loading one should be able to browse the disk inside XP.

To access PSWD protected files one would need a password, I'd imagine?

 

Oh... Use a Linux distro (bootable/potable) to access the files.

And/Or... remove the password: Not pswd protected files.


Edited by bludgard, 13 May 2017 - 11:18 PM.





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