Encrypted files

28 April 2007, 12:58 CDT

Here’s a hint: if you’re going to use the windows “encrypt” on your files, and then later try to copy them by reading the NTFS partition in linux, don’t delete the original files (or wipe the original disk) until you’ve removed the encryption — because the files won’t copy.

The NTFS driver for linux doesn’t know what to do with the encrypted files, so it just creates a zero-byte entry at the destination when copying the file. Fortunately, I didn’t wipe the disk with the originals, but the other day I almost did before I got distracted by something else. Yikes.

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