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Recovering an encrypted SSD booting from USB

Created: 19 Sep 2013 • Updated: 20 Sep 2013 | 2 comments
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I have a Windows 7 laptop that doesn't have a standard HDD, it has a customized 256Gb SSD directly plugged onto the motherboard. The SSD is encrypted using PGP WDE.

Now some Windows DLLs got corrupted and I can no longer boot my PC, yet I need to recover some of the files on the SSD. Would it be possible (and how) to boot from a USB key (linux) and somehow access the data on the SSD?

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Tom Mc's picture

I'd suggest using the WDE Recovery CD to decrypt your disk.  If you laptop does not have a CD drive, I'd try using a USB connection to an external CD drive.

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Stef56's picture

I have decrypted the SSD - it took less than 24 hours to decrypt 256Gb - using the WDE Recovery CD; created a bootable linux USB key and I'm now able to access and save my important data.

Thank you for the help.