Recovering files from (double?) encrypted harddrive
Created: 06 Feb 2013 | Updated: 06 Feb 2013 | 6 comments
I have a problem with a laptop's hard drive. I was able to log past the PGP Desktop boot screen, but booting to Windows led to Blue Screen of Death. And Windows' automatic repair gives an error of "boot sector for system disk partition is corrupt".
The hard drive is encrypted with PGP Desktop 10.1.2 (if I remember the version correctly). As I have two laptops, I decided to try to get to the files with my other laptop. My other laptop would probably be able to see the data as it uses the same Windows password authentication (single sign on), right? So, I removed the harddrive. Then I attached it to my other laptop as an external harddrive through usb. Unfortunately the other laptop has PGP Desktop 9.10 (build 500) so I was not able to see the data.
Due to this, I thought that I could maybe use the bootg.iso as a last resort to decrypt the harddrive. I put the hard drive back to my laptop. However, now it gives me logging screen of PGP Desktop 9.10! It won't accept my passphrase that worked before. I assume the hard-drive was automatically encrypted with PGP Desktop 9.10. So it's probably now double encrypted. Anyway to recover the data / remove the encryptions from this point?