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Posted - April 20 2013 :  12:56:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have a PC with 3 Windows XP accounts, 1 administrator and 2 with limited user privileges. There are encrypted files in the My Documents folders for each of these accounts.
When I run file backup as administrator I get messages that some files were not copied and to check security. The files in question are the encrypted files.
Files are encrypted on the hard disk so that if it should fall into the wrong hands the information cannot be accessed.
I am of the view that it is the computer administrator's responsibility to back up images and files.
How should this be handled in Macrium Reflect Standard Edition v. 5?
Thank you.

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Posted - April 20 2013 :  15:25:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Don't use Windows' encryption. Install TrueCrypt and use that.
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Posted - April 20 2013 :  16:41:05  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Thanks for your post.

Files encrypted using Windows XP EFS can only be accessed by the user account that created them. All other user accounts, including Administrators, are blocked from opening and/or copying such files.

To backup all encrypted files you'll need to create a disk image. A disk image works at file system cluster level and doesn't need individual file access.

Kind regards

Nick - Macrium Support

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