PGP whole disk encryption - interrupted while decrypting, now won't accept passkey
Posted on 2012-03-13
Here's the situation -
I had PGP whole disk encryption on my laptop. I was going to swap the drive out of the laptop for another one, so i started the decryption process. Halfway through, without thinking, i shut the laptop down.
Now when i start it up, it prompts for a password (the bootloader) before loading Windows. As usual, i enter my password in, but i got the error that the passkey was invalid. I even tried taking the disk out of the laptop and plugging it into another computer with PGP desktop installed. Same thing. Tried using the command line tools, etc. but nothing changed.
Finally, i did something i probably shouldn't have - i used the "diskpart clean" command to clean the partitions (saw it online somewhere that it would work). Now i have a drive that windows doesn't even want to mount without formatting it. I fear i made my issue worse.
Does anyone have any suggestions?