# How to use a hard drive containing EFS-encrypted files on another computer

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I'm starting to use EFS feature to encrypt several folders of my hard drive, using Right click > Properties > Advanced > Encrypt contents to secure data (see screenshot).

At the end of the process, a wizard suggests that I should save a copy of certificate on a safe place:

But I don't want to rely on a file certificate stored on 1, 2 or even 10 different places, that seems complex. And can lead to catastrophes requiring black magic to recover the files. I would prefer to remember a password (even if it's a long password).

Question: Let's say folder C:\Test is EFS-encrypted on computer A. If I move its hard drive to computer B (example: computer A failure!), how to recover the folder C:\Test , with just a password (and no other complex method like certificates, etc.)?

In other words: can we avoid complex certificates methods (involving certificate files), and use a good (strong) password instead for EFS encryption/decryption?

We have to backup the .pfx certificate file, and to import it on computer B, before being able to decrypt the files on computer B.