Recover Encrypted Files or Folders on NTFS Drive
Recently I reinstalled my system and installed a new SATA hard disk. And I have encrypted some valuable picture files on the old NTFS hard drive. However, under the new installation I cannot access or copy these files to the SATA drive as it claims Access is denied. How can I get my pictures back and view them as before? Any way to recover encrypted files on NTFS drive?
Basic knowledge about encrypting file system
Encrypting File System (EFS) provides the core file encryption technology used to store encrypted files on NTFS file system volumes. Using EFS is similar to using permissions on files and folders. Both methods can be used to restrict access to data. However, intruders who gain unauthorized physical access to your encrypted files will receive an access denied message when trying to open or copy the file. While permissions on files and folders do not protect against unauthorized physical attacks.
Steps to recover encrypted files on NTFS drive
The efficient and easy-to-use EFS Recovery Tool - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard offers you simple solution to recover encrypted files on NTFS drive. But the predication is that encryption password must be known or SAM database must be present (Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, Windows 7, 8). User must have administrator privileges. The green "sample2.txt" is an encrypted file of NTFS drive.
It does not work on files invisible due to user's access rights.
Next you can download the software and start the encrypted files recovery task.
Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and choose recovery mode
"Deleted File Recovery" is for deleted data recovery, "Complete Recovery" is for formatted data recovery, and "Partition Recovery" is used when partition is lost or corrupted. You can choose the most suitable recovery mode in different situation.
Step 2. Scan the NTFS disk or drive to find all the encrypted files
Select the file types you want to recover and click "Next" to continue. Then choose the NTFS disk or drive where your encrypted files stored and click "Next" to scan the selected drive to find all these files.
Step 3. Preview and recover encrypted files on NTFS drive
After scan, you can preview all the found encrypted files and select out those you want. Finally, click "Recover" button to get them back with one click. Here you need to choose a folder on the computer to save all the recovered files.
It does not work with FAT partitions. All recovered encrypted files must be copied to NTFS partition.
It must work on present Windows system.