forgot encryption password on seagate

October 8, 2010 at 14:05:46
Specs: Windows XP

i had set an encryption password on certain folders and files on my external seagate freeagent HDD but have lost/forgotten/misplaced password and cannot decrypt files. is there some piece of software to undo the encryption? please help!!!

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#1
October 8, 2010 at 14:16:38

How were the files encrypted?
In any event, without the password I expect you are probably out of luck. Most modern forms of encryption are really very secure. If there was some simple way of defeating this encryption It wouldn't be much good would it?

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#2
October 9, 2010 at 07:01:42

hi thanks for your response...
they were encrypted with a password via the encryption tool of seagate freeagent xtreme external hard drive. the folder is on the external hard drive..i just cant remember the password and have tried many possible combinations. is there an algorithm you may know of?

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#3
October 9, 2010 at 07:45:55

You best bet is to contact Seagate and see if they can do anything for you. At least they will know the algorithm that was used to encrypt the data but that is no guarantee that they will be able to decrypt it. It may be that they have a back door password that might work.

One thing you will have to do is to prove that the data is yours. Seagate are not going to decrypt the drive just because someone with possession of the drive asks them to. Another thing you can be sure of as well is that if Seagate do manage to decrypt the drive they are going to charge you for the service and it wont be cheap.

Stuart


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