File System Level Encryption

Filesystem-level encryption tools allow computer users to encrypt individual files and directories. The technology offers several advantages over full-disk encryption, most notably the ability to prevent unauthorized users from accessing certain files on networks or shared computers without barring those users from accessing other files on the disk.

File System Level Encryption

Our data recovery professionals can rebuild damaged devices without compromising filesystem-level encryption.

Because encryption occurs on the filesystem level, encrypted data is extremely secure when paired with an appropriate cryptographic algorithm. Most newer encryption tools use 256-bit encryption, and many use several levels of encryption and hashing to prevent unauthorized access.

There are several disadvantages to filesystem-level encryption as compared to disk-level encryption. Disk-level encryption eliminates security threats from attackers with physical access to the encrypted disk, while some filesystem-level tools do not. Users also need to manage multiple private keys for larger systems. Encryption programs typically provide tools that make access control management easier for system administrators. For the best possible security, businesses often coordinate disk-level encryption with filesystem-level encryption.

Popular filesystem-level encryption tools like Microsoft's Encrypting File System (EFS) provide excellent flexibility and reliable security. However, if you lose access to data due to a hard drive failure or other unexpected event, encryption can complicate the data recovery process. For the best chances of a successful recovery, locate a data recovery provider that has experience with folder-level encryption products.

Common causes of data loss for encrypted media include:

  • Physical Hard Drive Failure
  • Controller Board Damage
  • Data Corruption
  • Bad Sectors
  • Accidental File Deletion
  • Failed RAID Rebuild
  • Overheating
  • Fire, Smoke and Water Damage
  • Accidental Repartitioning

Secure Data Recovery Services specializes in encrypted data recovery. Our experienced engineering teams have worked with every popular filesystem-level encryption tool, and we offer fast turnaround times and reliable success rates for hard drives, RAID arrays, removable media and other devices.

Safely Recovering Data from Encrypted Devices

Our engineers develop individual case plans for every encrypted device in order to improve the chances of a successful recovery. Secure Data Recovery Services offers free media diagnostics, which we perform within 24 hours of receiving your device. You will receive an evaluation report with important case information including a price quote and turnaround estimate. When possible, we will also generate a list of recoverable files.

We maintain a Certified Class 10 ISO 4 Cleanroom, a specialized environment that prevents airborne contaminants from contacting hard drive read/write heads or other sensitive media components. Our engineers can safely work with physically damaged hard drives, solid-state drives and other devices in our certified Cleanroom without risking media damage.

After repairing damaged physical components, we make a full clone of your device. Our engineers can treat data corruption and other types of logical damage by treating the clone drive with proprietary data recovery utilities. By working with clone media, we provide exceptionally safe and reliable services.

Secure Data Recovery Services' engineering teams have decades of experience with EFS, ZFS, Novell, CrytoFS, Mac OS, eCryptfs and other cryptographic filesystems. We can return recovered data in an encrypted, decrypted or partially decrypted format depending on your preferences, and we provide several turnaround levels including a 24/7/365 emergency data recovery service. Our custom data recovery services give you the options that you need to get your files back up and running as quickly as possible.

Finding a Secure Data Recovery Provider

When choosing a data recovery company, you should ask about security certifications. By nature, encrypted data is sensitive, and some data recovery providers do not follow appropriate security protocols when handling media.

Secure Data Recovery Services uses innovative network technologies and protocols to protect client data. We were the first data recovery provider to earn a SSAE 18 Type II Certification, and as an Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) member, we post our security audit and attestation reports online.

Our security credentials include:

  • PCI Security Certification and PCI-DSS Compliance
  • SAS 70 Certification
  • SSAE 18 Type II Certification
  • General Services Administration (GSA) Contractor Certification

We offer high-security data recovery for our government clients through the General Services Administration (GSA) schedules. Contact our customer service team for more information or our GSA number.

Free Diagnostics for Encrypted Media

To guarantee the best possible chances of a successful recovery, contact Secure Data Recovery Services as soon as you notice symptoms of media failure or data loss. We regularly handle cases with filesystem-level encryption and can provide fast diagnostics for your device.

Secure Data Recovery Services offers free evaluations for hard drives, solid-state drives, data tape cartridges, RAID arrays, virtual drives and all other media with encrypted data. Our engineers can deliver a price quote, turnaround estimate and other key case information within 24 hours.

Call our 24/7 data recovery line to set up a free media evaluation today.