I think the data on one of my computers has fallen victim to the worst possible thing ever.
I had encrypted it using Windows XP's EFS file encryption for safe keeping, and some genious thought it was a good idea to back up the data onto a spare hard disk.
Ok, maybe the sarcasm is a bit misplaced. backing up my data is a good thing.
It was stored in it's encrypted state.
I eventually re-installed Windows, and found my data was not accessible.
No certificates were exported or anything.
I have no encryption key. No recovery agent, since all that was backed up was the data to be protected.
Nothing but a good 3 Gb of files and movies that I have, but don't at the same time.
I've heard horror stories about this before, that it would take a hundred years to find the key through brute-force methods.
Is there any way, at ALL, to get this stuff back?
Even if i try brute force, I WILL leave a computer running silently in the corner, for YEARS, if I have to.
Any advice, links, or solutions will earn you my undying gratitude.
...and maybe a favor or two ;P
NZXT Guardian Case with Thermaltake PurePower 420w
FIC AU13 motherboard
AMD Athlon XP 2600+ 333FSB (Barton) with Thermaltake Silent Boost HSF
WDC 80Gb 8Mb cache 7200rpm
512Mb Kingston Dual-channel PC3200
MCP-T SoundStorm audio (integrated)
ATi Radeon 9800 Pro (it owned, until x800 and 6800)
Logitech Z-680 5.1 speaker system (integrated Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS, Pro Logic II decoding)
Logitech Cordless Elite Duo keyboard & mouse
Saitek Cyborg Evo joystick
Windows XP Pro SP1 (dont. install. SP2.)