restoring a sql .bak that is password protected

Is there any way to restore a sql .bak that is password protected without the password?
mbrennan_pacbell_netAsked:
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byfourConnect With a Mentor Commented:
There are some tools for breaking password
Try using a 3rd party data comparison tool such as SQL Object Level Recovery Native 1.1.

http://www.red-gate.com/products/dba/sql-olr-native/

If you still have the access to the database, you can take a backup manually that isn't password protected, or you can shutdown SQL temporarily to copy the database mdf and ldf files, either of which would allow you to access the database.
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
in short : no.
however, there might be on the net some tools that help to recover passwords ... not sure if one exists for the backup files.
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Daniel_PLDB Expert/ArchitectCommented:
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Just a reminder to everyone on the EE Guidelines as this is fast becoming borderline:

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Daniel_PLDB Expert/ArchitectCommented:
Data in password protected backup is not encypted. By editing backup file it is possible to read data. This feature will be removed from next version of SQL Server.
Having password protected backup containing data not available anymore neither in older backups or in actual backups may cause some problems with loosing password - especially when somone else took backup.
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mbrennan_pacbell_netAuthor Commented:
This is not a hack question.  It relates to a data conversion where the customer is trying to recover data from a hosted sql application for conversion to a new application.

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