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#1 mykz78

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Posted 21 January 2007 - 08:35 AM

A folder which I set to "Make this folder private" can no longer be accessed after i reformat my drive. I still used the same username before and after the reformat process. I have found of no other way to gain access to the contents of this folder. Folder properties show that it has 0 files, 0 bytes.

Important documents are there that's why i made it private and now i can't access them. i do have a back up for those files but it is not updated.

Anyone know how i can open it? Please help asap. Thanks!

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Posted 21 January 2007 - 08:52 AM

The SID (Security Information Descriptor) for the new installation is different from the old installation - that's part of what's preventing the access by normal means.

By "private" I'm presuming that you used EFS to encrypt this folder.

Did you backup the EFS key according to this article?: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...201&sd=tech

Here's a link to a free trial version of some recovery software that may help you (I haven't used it myself): http://www.elcomsoft.com/aefsdr.html
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Posted 21 January 2007 - 08:59 AM

by private, i meant that what i just did is set the sharing properties of the folder to private and check the "Make this folder private" checkbox (in the Sharing tab of the Folder properties dialog box).

Is this the same as EFS? i didn't do any back up of some sort.

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Posted 21 January 2007 - 09:09 AM

I don't think so. I don't use EFS, so I'm a bit fuzzy with it.

But, it looks like this may just be a simple permissions issue. As such, you've just got to take ownership of the folder and then give yourself permission to work on the files.

Here's a link to a mini-guide about this: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/42756/how-to-fix-an-access-denied-errors/
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Posted 21 January 2007 - 09:23 AM

haha. problem solved, now i got it back. thanks man for the tutorial, the 3rd method pulled it off. cheers!

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Posted 21 January 2007 - 10:39 AM

Glad to hear that it helped you! Thanks for the feedback!
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