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Help with encrypted usb stick

#1 Post by Mr Fro » Sat Nov 12, 2016 12:58 pm

I've buggered up another computer thing! :-D

I have a Kingston Datatraveler that's password protected. Everything was fine until I plugged it in to my work PC the other day and it said I'd entered my password incorrectly too many times (which I hadn't) and it was going to wipe the drive for "security reasons". :shock:

I don't know why it's gone bandy but I really, really, really need the stuff on it. Kingston are being zero help even though I offered to send them proof it's mine with my password.

So... has anyone got any ideas it there's a way to get the info off it?

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Re: Help with encrypted usb stick

#2 Post by toad » Fri Nov 25, 2016 9:31 am

Am I right in assuming it won't even mount? If I were you I'd to a one to one copy before doing anything else. Sounds like it or your computer got compromised - USB sticks are suckers for malware.

Once you've made a copy try a Linux distribution, use a live CD or something like LInuxMint, boot up and see whether you can access the stick from there.

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Re: Help with encrypted usb stick

#3 Post by Mr Fro » Fri Nov 25, 2016 5:52 pm

Thanks for the reply Toad although I don't know what much of it meant! :-)

When I plug it in a Kingston pop up box appears which says it's going to format the drive because there have been too many incorrect password attempts.

Kingston have sent me a replacement FOC (not bad considering it's 6 years old) but wouldn't unlock it.

I just need a way of copying the files off it and on to my hard drive/other memory stick/whatever and I'll be happy.

p.s. my knowledge of programming and such is almost zero so pretend you're answering a toddler or octogenarian. :-D

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Re: Help with encrypted usb stick

#4 Post by toad » Sat Nov 26, 2016 9:36 am

If I were you I'd get to know the whiz-kids in the hood.

Failing that you have no option but professional help but it costs a bob or two. This remote maintenance lark is not getting us anywhere.

And what it says on their website is even less encouraging... And here http://www.dragonblogger.com/review-of- ... locker-g3/ is someone who tried to recover his data...

Sorry mate, but it looks like your data is toast :shock:

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Re: Help with encrypted usb stick

#5 Post by Joeman » Sat Nov 26, 2016 9:24 pm

The data is encrypted using the password as a cypher so without the password you can't decrypt the data.

As far as I know there is now way to crack these. They are sold as secure devices so if ever a method of unlocking them was found they would lose their reputation.
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Re: Help with encrypted usb stick

#6 Post by Mr Fro » Sat Nov 26, 2016 10:41 pm

I have the password though Joeman!

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Re: Help with encrypted usb stick

#7 Post by toad » Mon Nov 28, 2016 2:55 pm

Mr Fro wrote:I have the password though Joeman!
Your stick does not seem to agree with you. Just to check:
- have you inadvertently had CAPS on
- have you inadvertently changed your keyboard layout

It even looks as though one needs to install software on the host computer to be able to read this proprietary piece of work. Is that correct?

Anyway, sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but unless you are into computers, know your way round encryption and its pitfalls and are prepared to spend hours reading and researching your data is gone.

I had a similar issue with a 256gb SSD from Samsung which was password protected. I "could" try a brute force attack but hey, I got a 32GB mSSD and a 1TB 2 inch disk instead. In case of your stick a brute force attack appears to be out of the question.

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Re: Help with encrypted usb stick

#8 Post by dmvlas » Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:15 am

Did you sort the problem? If not I will like to help you fix this problem. I like a challenge. Let me know.

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Re: Help with encrypted usb stick

#9 Post by Mr Fro » Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:00 am

dmvlas wrote:Did you sort the problem? If not I will like to help you fix this problem. I like a challenge. Let me know.
Nope, still not fixed.

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#10 Post by dmvlas » Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:15 am

Ok please give me as much detail as you can.
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What error you get when you plug the USB in.
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Re: Help with encrypted usb stick

#11 Post by Pip » Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:59 pm

Mr Fro wrote:I've buggered up another computer thing! :-D

I have a Kingston Datatraveler that's password protected. Everything was fine until I plugged it in to my work PC the other day and it said I'd entered my password incorrectly too many times (which I hadn't) and it was going to wipe the drive for "security reasons". :shock:

I don't know why it's gone bandy but I really, really, really need the stuff on it. Kingston are being zero help even though I offered to send them proof it's mine with my password.

So... has anyone got any ideas it there's a way to get the info off it?

Cheers,
Fro
How did this pan out. did you get it fixed.cheers