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troubleshooting Question

Recover Partitions After PGP WDE Decryption

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Background: I recently got a malware infection which combined with a Windows update to yield a blue screen when any starting mode was chosen (safe, command prompt, regular, last known good). As the hard drive was PGP encrypted, I chose to decrypt it to begin troubleshooting.

Problem: I removed the hard drive from my laptop and plugged it into my desktop, where I mounted it as a hard drive to one of my virtual machines that has PGP. I decrypted the drive and everything looked fine from the VM. I then detached the drive and put it back into the laptop. I get the boot menu but then it immediately goes to blue screen.

Recovery console doesn't work (can't recognise the file system). I booted from an Ultimate Boot PE environment, and it sees two partitions but cannot access them. DiskPart and Disk Manager sees the partitions but cannot access them either. Chkdsk cannot read them either. One disk recovery tool "FileRecovery" sees the lettered partitions with nothing in them, and it sees 2 partitions called NONAME. If I look into the NONAME partitions, all of the data is there. How do I fix the partitions so that they point to the data?

PS I'm an IT professional, so I don't need baby steps.

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