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hi,

I have Encrypt a folder and backup it on another drive and than format after few days
and configure the system with same detail but i not able to access the file which are avilble in Encrypt folder

plz suggest me a solution how i can get back my files.

thanks
Naresh
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If you didn't designate a Recovery Agent or export your certificate and private key, I don't believe you will be able to do it:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;308993
HOW TO: Remove File Encryption in Windows XP
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http://www.elcomsoft.com/aefsdr.html

It's the only application that I know of that will decrypt the files. Unfortunately it's not free. The personal version is $99. It just depends how much your data is worth. Unless you have a backup somewhere? Good luck!
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HOW TO: Remove File Encryption in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;308993 


Without a backup of the original Encryption Certificate Key, encrypted files
are unrecoverable as they will stay encrypted forever.  There is no recovery
method since the encryption algorithm is now completely different with a
reinstall of Windows XP.


See if the following articles help in any way:


HOW TO: Take Ownership of a File or Folder in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;308421 


Best Practices for the Encrypting File System
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;223316 


Encrypting File System in Windows XP
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?url=/technet/prod 
technol/winxppro/deploy/CryptFS.asp


EFS Files Appear Corrupted When You Open Them
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;329741

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Without Certification Keys, you won't be able at all to restore these data..

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