Topics: Feature Requests, Technical Issues, Users Discussion
Jan 24, 2016 at 6:42 PM
Good afternoon.
My name is CJ, and I'm in a bad situation. I have 3 VERY IMPORTANT documents;
I backed up (via system image) my HP pavilion pc-intel(R) Core (TM) i7 CPU 720 @ 1.60 GHz 160 GHz-8GB ram 64 bit os- "Product ID: 00426-OEM-8992662-0040", to an external 1.0 TB "Toshiba-Canvio connect II" portable drive.
Prior to the back up, I noticed 3 "Win RAR zip" folders W/ the descriptions in green. Unaware that this meant they where encrypted. I ran restore. I didn't encrypt them myself, however I'm aware that win rar folders have encryption tools, so it is possible it was accidental. Now that my system is restored, I cannot access them at all. I have tried everything from peazip to attempting ownership. NO luck.
Normally this wouldn't be a serious issue, however the three files include "legal" approx. 30 gig's of a case work I've been working on that is set for trial on march 3rd!
The second is a "time capsule" approx 40 gig's of mostly png, jpeg, bit map, files that I have been compiling since my brother and I where children, including irreplaceable photo's of myself, my brother, and our deceased father, moreover it is an essential element in my brothers wedding in April. Finally, however unimportant this may appear, is my "music" folder. 4,354 songs totaling an expense in excess of around 10k!
I have been trying to gain access myself for 2 weeks with no avail. Which brings me crawling on my knees to you. I'm afraid that if i continue attempting to gain access myself, alongside with pathetic, useless U-tube videos, and chat rooms where people are more concerned with feeling professional, than delivering results, I will have gone past the point of return. FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION! Three people will be seriously affected if I fail.
I need a professional decryption expert. If you can help, direct me to someone who can, or walk me through this, compensation will be in order!
Thank you,
cjparvenik@gmail.com (919) 986-1845
Jan 28, 2016 at 1:21 PM
Edited Jan 28, 2016 at 2:08 PM
Well, you did not use VC so this is the wrong place to ask, but let me try to help you anyway:

Even otherwise: Better do not use it until the data is restored (see below)

If Decryption is not possible, you might be able to recover the deleted files. Every write access to this drive reduces your chance of successfully restoring files!

"Prior to the back up, I noticed 3 "Win RAR zip" folders W/ the descriptions in green"

So you have create 3 archives using WinRAR, right? You still have the .zip or .rar files accessible, but you cannot open them?
What exactly do you mean by "green description" ? Can WinRAR open the files (and asks you for the password)?

So for Backup you created the 3 archives? It is important to know which Tool (and version) they were created with.
If it is a modern WinRAR or WinZip, the archive is AES encrypted - In that case, you cannot break the encryption - your only chance would be to guess the password.

How can you "accidently" configure encryption? You enter the same password 2 times in order to make that happen.

Or is "green description" a green filename like in the first screenshot here?:
see http://www.howtogeek.com/178912/how-to-encrypt-files-and-folders-in-windows-8.1-using-efs)

In that case the archives were encrypted with the Bitlocker encryption of Windows itself. Then I hope you backed up your encryption key as windows advises you to do (see same page, http://www.howtogeek.com/178912/how-to-encrypt-files-and-folders-in-windows-8.1-using-efs/)

EDIT: You want help and you SPAM 4 Discussions and 2 Issue? If I had known that before, I would not have answered you!