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formatted

Posted: 06 Nov 2018, 20:02
by justcurious12
accidentally formatted an encrypted usb drive on a Mac.
tried photorec with basic settings and couldn't find anything.
had to do quick format for windows to read the usb, tried recuva and still nothing.

any help would be appreciated.

Re: formatted

Posted: 06 Nov 2018, 20:18
by cgrenier
The encryption will prevent data recovery utilities from recovering your data.

Re: formatted

Posted: 06 Nov 2018, 20:29
by justcurious12
cgrenier wrote:
06 Nov 2018, 20:18
The encryption will prevent data recovery utilities from recovering your data.
Is there no way around this?

Re: formatted

Posted: 07 Nov 2018, 15:59
by justcurious12
Edit: it was password protected (mac journaled), apple partition guid. I think I accidentally formatted it to be under the exact same settings and password. Is there really no way to recover the files? so I can just wipe it and start over for peace of mind that they’re gone forever

Re: formatted

Posted: 07 Nov 2018, 21:14
by cgrenier
A passphrase is used to unlock the symmetric encryption key.
Even if you choose the same passphrase, a new key has been generated and used. It's why PhotoRec has been unable to recover your lost files.

Re: formatted

Posted: 08 Nov 2018, 03:53
by justcurious12
Thank you so much for the information. I’ll keep this in mind for future references when I try and keep my documents encrypted.

However can I get a firm yes or no that I will or will not be able to recover it with this or any kind of data recovery software?

Re: formatted

Posted: 08 Nov 2018, 06:53
by cgrenier
There is no way to recover your data from this disk.