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Click free backup hard drive password lost

February 27, 2011 at 21:28:14
Specs: Windows XP

I Have backed up all computer files on an external hard drive (Click Free). Complete backup is on the drive which is password protected. The password has been lost to access the drive. The only way to access this drive is with the password ‘that is backed up on this drive’. Accessing the drive is possible without the password, however, all content will be deleted. I was painfully unaware of the cons of password protecting the ‘back up’ drive; with no recourse to accessing my files. Had this been a point of warning from Click Free, I would have been sure to take extra precautions in securing the password for this device outside of the back up drive itself.

Click Free has advised the drive has a 256 bit encryption level and they have no way of helping me retrieve the password or the information contained. Is there any hope ? Losing ten years of research is very disheartening:( --- Please advise, and thank you for your help and advice.

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#1
February 28, 2011 at 12:53:26

Ten years of research lost because you forgot an un-recoverable password????

Kind of an oxymoron deal isn't it?

Unless you can use some rainbow table on it the best way would be to start guessing what you might have used.

A supercomputer may be able to crack it in time by brute force.

"The era of big government is over," said Clinton 1996


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#2
February 28, 2011 at 22:18:38

a shot in the dark......a program call SIW which is System information for windows. You download and install, then run it....it will bring up a whole lotta junk about your computer....on the left it has a passwords tab.....where it will show passwords it has stored. It also has a tool called "eureka" which looks like a magnifying glass you drag it to an area an it will display the password if its able. This works well for some passwords and not so well on others, but it may be worth a shot...nothing to lose but 10yrs data. If this is a back up drive....do you not have the original files on the main hard drive?

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#3
March 3, 2011 at 07:21:57

I suppose it is... haha. Overtired, jumbled thoughts; which is what got me into this mess in the first place. Thank you for the slap, however.

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#4
March 3, 2011 at 07:52:03

Thank you Jefro, thank you HR... will give suggestions a try. I have recovered most from the main hard drive, not too much more to recover now. A sleep deprived mistake I will not soon forget. Thank you again, your input is very much appreciated.

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