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Recover Encrypted Files or Folders on NTFS Drive

Posted on Aug 16, 2016 by Jean to File Recovery


Detailed guide to recover encrypted (EFS) files & folders on NTFS hard drive or disk with powerful EFS recovery tool!

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 encrypted file recovery solution to recover encrypted files from NTFS drive and external hard 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.

Recover Encrypted file/folder on NTFS Drive

alertIt 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 select disk partition or storage location where you lost data and click "Scan".

Choose the hard drive

Step 2. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will start a quick scan first;
After the quick scan, a deep scan will automatically start to find more files and data;

Scan the selected disk

Step 3. Preview and restore lost data;
You can preview found data by file types, select found data and click "Recover" to save them to another safe spot in PC/storage device.

Preview and recover encrypted files on NTFS drive

alertIt does not work with FAT partitions. All recovered encrypted files must be copied to NTFS partition.
alertIt must work on present Windows system.