Any way to force open an encrypted file or folder?

By macx
Oct 31, 2013
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  1. I had a portable drive at work several years ago that I needed to load some business info
    on to transfer to a colleague in another company but wanted to protect the other things on
    the drive from being opened.

    Being what I now know to be pretty much in the dark about such things, other than maybe
    trying to password protect them from opening which I was unable to do at the time, I took
    it to the Project (Construction, therefore short term) IT guy who did something to it which
    did what I wanted.

    It took a little while to get the drive back by which time the project had wound down and
    the IT guy was gone, not to be found.

    Now I can't open several gb's of data and photos.

    The titles are in green font.

    I asked the IT guy at my current project if he could help. He hooked it up his laptop and
    worked with it for about 15 minutes and said it appeared to be encrypted and that I'd
    need the original encrypter to "release" it (don't remember the exact term).

    Being that's impossible, I took it home and worked with it awhile. I finally got some things
    to happen so thought I was on the right track, but ended up stonewalled with a message
    that I needed "permissions from" and a long number interspersed with .'s.

    So, I'm stuck.

    Any thing out there with all this new technology I might use to crack that nut open?
    I don't care if I have to buy something, I'd sure love to be able to access all that data and
    those personal photos!

    Thanks!
  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,746   +1,420

    Circumventing encrypted files/drives is breaching security. This site has regulations preventing us from aiding anyone in circumventing security. There is no way for us to know if you are the true owner of the machine and files, which prevents us from helping.
    learninmypc likes this.
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