# Windows – Recover EFS encrypted data from non-bootable Vista x64 drive

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My laptop running vista x64 experienced hardware failure. The hard drive appears undamaged, and when I connect it to my win7 desktop, I can read all the files except the EFS encrypted user folder, which contains the data I would like to recover. No EFS certificate was ever backed up or exported from the vista volume. The vista install appears to be intact.

How can I access the files in the EFS partition, to copy them onto my win 7 machine (e.g., without booting into the old vista volume)? I know the vista user password, and the original EFS certificate should still be embedded in the Vista installation on the drive.

I'm aware of the Elcom recovery program, but I would rather not spend the \$150 if I don't have to.

Booting into Vista would be much easier, at least to export the EFS certificate/key (through certmgr.msc); is there any reason you cannot do this?