EFS Question

Discussion in 'Microsoft Certification' started by Barry Watzman, Apr 12, 2005.

  1. I have USB hard drive with an NTFS partiton on it. Some of the files on
    that drive are encrypted (standard Microsoft EFS - encrypting file
    system -- a feature of Windows 2000 and XP Pro). The drive works fine,
    no problems reading it on the computer on which it was made.

    Question: How do you access these files on another computer running
    Windows XP Pro (or presumably Windows 2000)? (in fact, the drive is a
    backup of the primary system's drive, so if the primary system's drive
    DID fail, the question would be very relevant).

    Things that have been tried:

    -export the "certificate" (.pfx) file from the source computer and
    import it into the destination computer. Still cannot access the files.

    -"take ownership" of the files. Still cannot access the files.

    There has to be a way to make these files accessible on a computer other
    than the one on which they were created, but I can't find out how to do it.
    Barry Watzman, Apr 12, 2005
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