Problem with xp file encryption - help!

  TLzook 14:06 26 Sep 2004
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OK, This is going to take some explaining so here goes,

I recently fitted a new sata hdd to my machine and set it up with 2 partions, 1 to be used for backups etc. I then copyied my stuff across from the original ide drive.

Stupidly, that ide hdd was then formatted for use in another machine.

2 weeks later the sata drive refused to boot up, no safe mode, nothing which I think was virus related.

So after a bit of head scratching I used the hdd software utility to copy the whole backup partion on to another drive & rescued my files, or so i thought!

I have now found that all of the files have been encrypted by the account on the orignal sata drive?.
They were not encrypted originally so I am at a loss to explain what has happened.

Does anyone know to to defeat the xp encryption? or a way to open these files & save as something else?

  bremner 15:08 26 Sep 2004

What O/S was on the SATA drive?

  TLzook 15:37 26 Sep 2004

xp pro was the operation system for everything.

not sure how to take ownership but they have the encrypted box ticked in the file proporties

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