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DoggyStyle57

Need help with some data recovery

*Sigh* While doing an OS upgrade this weekend, I lost access to a 250 GB drive that had been on that computer, which I had disconnected 'for safety' during the upgrade. But the D: drive was protected by some encryption software that I had forgotten about, and so when I reconnected it after the upgrade, it decided that someone must have stolen my hard drive and put it in another computer, and it now wants an account and password or a set of challenge responses to give me access again. Can't even connect the drive and get access to the C: drive's stuff while that locked D: drive is installed. There's still some chance that I can unlock the encryption and get back in, but in case I can't, I am hoping some of my readers can help to recover one specific specific batch of data.

Does anyone from the old PalComix forums still have the floor plans and store descriptions that I created for "Pouncefield Mall"? If anyone can dig up those five PDF files, and send them to me, I would be very grateful. That's the one thing that my readers from that site just might have copied locally, and there's no way I can re-do the whole thing again from scratch.

Fortunately, the actual stories for Swiss Mix and for To Dream of Darkness I had backed up to a flash drive, as well, plus they are posted here, and on SoFurry. But that mall plan had only been posted to the now-dead PalComix forums.

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The worst part, but you folks can't help with this, is that a whole folder of background info files for Swiss Mix, some 30+ biographies that I had been working on this last week, are among the casualties of this data loss. I also lost a bunch of Swiss Mix and School-Days related art that I had done, and a ton of other personal and work files that I can't even catalog. Roughly 90 GB of data, of which I am guessing half I can recover from other sources, and a quarter I probably won't care losing. But there was about 20 GB that is really going to hurt if I lose it.

I know I have lost the master files for Frostpaw's 3D images, and for most of the art that I have posted here. That's gone for good, unless I get back into that drive. I still have the final images that I posted here or on SoFurry, of course, as well as my initial line art for the hand-drawn ones, that I scanned to do the Photoshop coloring work, but the DAZ Studio or Photoshop files that were used to create the initial or intermediate steps are locked on that drive.
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ElfenSciuridae
6 years, 7 months ago
" DoggyStyle57 wrote:
Does anyone from the old PalComix forums still have the floor plans and store descriptions that I created for "Pouncefield Mall"? If anyone can dig up those five PDF files, and send them to me, I would be very grateful. That's the one thing that my readers from that site just might have copied locally, and there's no way I can re-do the whole thing again from scratch.

I have the mall floor plans and some maps of Pouncefeild made by Flakey.
Let me know where to send them.
DoggyStyle57
6 years, 7 months ago
Thank you very much! I sent you a PM with my e-mail address, for you to send them to. The links in your PM to me didn't work for me.
Sakuryu
6 years, 7 months ago
Did you try Piriforms new file recovery program? works pretty good for me.
whitepawrolls
6 years, 7 months ago
It would probably be best to contact the creators of the encryption software about this. They will probably have some kind of recovery tool.
Zagroseckt
6 years, 7 months ago
" whitepawrolls wrote:
It would probably be best to contact the creators of the encryption software about this. They will probably have some kind of recovery tool.


kind of defeats the whole encryption thing if a company has a universal decrypt method.
Think about it :)

encryption is nice but this is the risk you take for security.
Remember when using encryption check your upgrade path for problems likes this.
You may need to move the data to an un-encrypted drive first as some systems do not allow for seemless OS upgrades

and if it's a good encryption system about the only way to get the data back is brute force
and even to do that you gota know what method was used to secure the data in the first place.

whitepawrolls
6 years, 7 months ago
" Zagroseckt wrote:
" whitepawrolls wrote:
It would probably be best to contact the creators of the encryption software about this. They will probably have some kind of recovery tool.


kind of defeats the whole encryption thing if a company has a universal decrypt method.
Think about it :)

encryption is nice but this is the risk you take for security.
Remember when using encryption check your upgrade path for problems likes this.
You may need to move the data to an un-encrypted drive first as some systems do not allow for seemless OS upgrades

and if it's a good encryption system about the only way to get the data back is brute force
and even to do that you gota know what method was used to secure the data in the first place.



Its no different than some lock company having copy's of keys when you just order one with a matching number on your existing key. Not to mention I don't think they would be allowed to create an encryption software without one for law enforcement use.

AND you never know unless you ask. Asking never hurts while assuming they don't can hurt by permanently losing the data.
DoggyStyle57
6 years, 7 months ago
Supposedly the IT support people will either be able to tell me which of my many passwords it would have used to request verification, or they will be able to tell me how to get it to show me the challenge response requests that I can answer with info that the encryption system would have asked for when it first took effect. I suspect the issue is I need to use a domain password rather than a local password, since I would have been on a specific domain when it did the encryption in the first place.

On the plus side, while it is very annoying that I may have lost the 30 or so biographies, I think I worked up a better format for them now, so redoing them will be necessary anyway.
DoggyStyle57
6 years, 7 months ago
Well, so far the prospects look good for recovering the data. I gathered the tech info and contacted our IT support desk, and they had to escalate it up a notch from basic phone support, but they were pretty sure they can walk me through a process that requires some convoluted challenge/response tricks. It's the sort of thing that unless you have several factors that would only be accessible to internal IT people that helped set it up, you'd never get there from here. At worst, I may need to take it to the downtown office so they can connect my computer to one of our work domains first, and then go through the challenge and response dance.

Thanks also to ElfenSciuridae, who did get me the Mall pdf files that I was hoping to at least recover. Even if I lose the other stuff, recovering that one bit is priceless.
DoggyStyle57
6 years, 7 months ago
The latest chapter in this saga is that they have had me send the drive to a central IT support lead, for him to unlock it. He seems confident that he can. (Crossing my fingers on all four paws!)
DoggyStyle57
6 years, 7 months ago
*sigh* Oh well. The drive has been ruled completely dead. It failed completely while they were trying to recover it.
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