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#1 Post by justcurious12 » 06 Nov 2018, 20:02

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.

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Re: formatted

#2 Post by cgrenier » 06 Nov 2018, 20:18

The encryption will prevent data recovery utilities from recovering your data.

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Re: formatted

#3 Post by justcurious12 » 06 Nov 2018, 20:29

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

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#4 Post by justcurious12 » 07 Nov 2018, 15:59

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

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#5 Post by cgrenier » 07 Nov 2018, 21:14

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.

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Re: formatted

#6 Post by justcurious12 » 08 Nov 2018, 03:53

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?

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#7 Post by cgrenier » 08 Nov 2018, 06:53

There is no way to recover your data from this disk.

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