We encrypt hard drives to prevent unauthorized access to personal or sensitive data. But at times, we forget the passwords or keys needed to decrypt encrypted hard drives, making it difficult to access data. Moreover, files on your encrypted hard drive may get lost due to software crash, virus (like WannaCrypt, although we can not promise 100% recovery, it is really a way you can try), corruption of the encryption algorithm, accidental deletion, formatting, etc. In this article, we provide you with the best way for data recovery from encrypted hard drive.

Part 1. The Guide for Data Recovery from Encrypted Hard Drive

iSkysoft Data Recovery for Mac (or iSkysoft Data Recovery for Windows) plays a vital role in bringing back the erased hard drive recovery on Mac with less difficulty. This software has many features to recover all types of data stored inside the hard drive. Moreover it has many options to prevent the drive being erased without the knowledge of the user.

The optimum utilization of the software enables to protect the hard drive as well as recover the data stored in the erased hard drive on Mac. It serves as one of the reliable software and it is user friendly. The process involved in the recovery in very simple and it can be used even without any technical knowledge. It is highly recommendable to use iSkysoft hard drive recovery software to recover your hard drive files. The process involved is very simple and you can do it by your own without any assistance from anyone.

Why Choose This Erased Hard Drive Recovery Software:

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  • The software uses the latest powerful scanning algorithm to scan storage media with extremely fast speed.
  • You can preview audios, videos, photos, documents, emails and archive files before recovery.
  • The program scans your drive without destroying data and recovers your files in original quality.
  • It supports data recovery from FAT16, FAT32, exFAT, NTFS, HFS+ and HFSX file systems.

Step-by-Step Guide for Data Recovery from Encrypted Hard Drive

Step 1. Use any browser to download the software. To avoid permanent data loss, get another Mac computer, download the program, install it on some other storage device like a USB flash drive and then recover data from your encrypted hard drive while the software is installed on the USB flash drive. Now from the primary window, please select the file types that you are going to recover. Then click on the "Next" button to continue.

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Step 2. In the next window, choose the drive you want to recover data from and click the "Start" button to start the scanning process. If your drive or partition isn't in the list, hit the "Refresh Drives" button and you'll see it after a few seconds.

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Step 3. When scanning is finished, check the specific files that you would like to restore and then select the "Recover" button to save them to another hard drive/ external storage media. The "Search" and "Filter" features help you find your wanted files quickly. If you still can't find your wanted files in these recoverable files, please perform the "Deep Scan" mode and I'm sure you will get your precious files again!

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After recovering data, you can reformat the encrypted hard drive partition and make it readable and reusable again.

Part 2. How to Decode Encrypted Hard Drive If You Can't Access it

If you created, exported and saved the certificate for the EFS (encrypted) hard drive partition to a safe place, you can decode the encryption and gain access to your data with ease. Here is the step-by-step guide on how to decrypt EFS (encrypted) hard drive partition with certificates in Windows 7/8/10.

Step-by-Step Guide to Decode Encrypted Hard Drive

Step 1. Click the "Start" button, type certmgr.msc and select the "Enter" button. Open "Certificate Manager" and click the "Personal" folder located in the left pane.

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Step 2. Select Action > all Tasks > Import and follow the Certificate Import Wizard. Follow the onscreen guidance and then decrypt the hard drive partition with the certificate. You'll be able to access all your data in the hard drive partition and even transfer them to a new storage device.

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If you don't have any password or certificate for decrypting the EFS (encrypted) hard drive partition in Windows Operating System, or if you have all the necessary decryption credentials, but after unlocking the drive, nothing comes up, your drive doesn't show up, gives a boot error or your data is visible, but you can't access or open any file, we recommend that you use Recoverit (IS) for Mac/ Windows to restore your data.

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