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    SD card encrypted, cannot retrieve

    So I was having a problem with my phone, and was instructed to do a factory reset. Well, I had forgotten I encrypted my SD card. Now I can't access a years worth of photos or videos on any device. Help!!! Any way I can undue this tragedy? I have the original phone for a bit longer, and Verizon was no help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beyondreprieve View Post
    So I was having a problem with my phone, and was instructed to do a factory reset. Well, I had forgotten I encrypted my SD card. Now I can't access a years worth of photos or videos on any device. Help!!! Any way I can undue this tragedy? I have the original phone for a bit longer, and Verizon was no help.
    If you don't know the encryption password you're basically stuck. I never used encryption so I am not familiar with how it works but encryption is designed to prevent unauthorized access as I'm sure you are aware, so what you needed to do is either remember the password or crack it.


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    I know the password, but I'm not being given the option to use it. Instead, my phone wants that I reformat it. We all know what that means... erased.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beyondreprieve View Post
    I know the password, but I'm not being given the option to use it. Instead, my phone wants that I reformat it. We all know what that means... erased.
    Like FoxKat, I don't use encryption so I'm not very knowledgeable about this. But I'm wondering if you can copy the encrypted data to your pc, format the card, then copy the data back on to it and see if it asks you for a password? Or try setting up Android SDK Emulator on your PC and see if you can get at it that way. If that fails, I would try contacting tech support for the card manufacturer and see if they have a tool.

    I'm sorry I don't really have any concrete ideas - just brainstorming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beyondreprieve View Post
    I know the password, but I'm not being given the option to use it. Instead, my phone wants that I reformat it. We all know what that means... erased.
    So what you're saying is that when you insert the card the phone immediately goes to the format option? Hmm. Lemme thin' 'bout dis wann.


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    Quote Originally Posted by beyondreprieve View Post
    I know the password, but I'm not being given the option to use it. Instead, my phone wants that I reformat it. We all know what that means... erased.
    OK, first, have you setup a password or pin lock for your home screen? Apparently that's required before you encrypt a card.

    Make sure its the same one you used to unlock the previous phone since the encryption password is apparently generated by using your unlock password in combination with an algorithm.


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    SallyC... That is a fantastic and creative idea. I will try it. Tky!
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    FoxKat... It is the same password I used for my last phone's home screen lock. Perhaps the SD is set with a different one. I could figure it out, if only it would give me that option.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beyondreprieve View Post
    SallyC... That is a fantastic and creative idea. I will try it. Tky!
    Not to disagree specifically with Sally, as she is almost always spot on, but I would be careful NOT to copy anything off that card and reformat it. We don't know what the encryption process is and whether it involves the format or other partition areas of the card. Anything you do to that card could result in permanent loss of the data on it.

    I am still reading and experimenting, and I'm trying to come up with a solution for you.

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    That sounds like a possibility FoxKat.

    beyondreprieve, if FoxKat is working on a solution, I'd hold off on formatting the card. Hopefully he'll come up with something and then we can call him FixKat!
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