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Creating Recovery agent and recovering EFS files in standalone XP Machine

Hi,
  I have a stand alone windows xp professional machine. I'm using EFS and encrypting files in my hard drive. I want to be able to recover those files even if the disk crashes. I created a recovery agent certificate for local admin using command cipher /r:filename

Now i would like to know what the remaining steps are to succesfully exporting the private key and be able to read this encrypted file in another machine using those exported keys.

Thanks for all your help!

Vinod.
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
This MSKB article should be of help:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;241201
How to back up the recovery agent Encrypting File System (EFS) private key in Windows Server 2003, in Windows 2000, and in Windows XP
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mvvinodAuthor Commented:
Once i back this up, how do i restore this to another machine to test and see if i can decrypt those files...???

Vinod
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
This page has everything you would ever want to know about EFS (probably more than you would ever want to know):

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/deploy/cryptfs.mspx

There is a section on importing the EFS recovery agent private key, as well as a lot of other information.
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mvvinodAuthor Commented:
Great pointer. Thank you!
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