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Can you decrypt a external USB hard drive with FRP (file and removable protection) version 5.0.2?

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We have just started testing FRP (file and removable protection) version 5.0.2. I know with McAfee Drive encryption that you can decrypt internal hard drives on a system. However, I don't see any options with FRP to decrypt an external USB hard drive. The plan is for us to force a user to encrypt the whole external USB hard drive with FRP. Is it possible to decrpyt the USB drive?

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Re: Can you decrypt a external USB hard drive with FRP (file and removable protection) version 5.0.2?

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it depends upon how the drive was encrypted. There are two methods for protecting drives with FRP: Onsite and offsite.

Onsite: As files are transfered to the drive each file is encrypted in the same way it would be with location based encryption. To decrypt, a policy with the FRP Removable Media option should be set to allow unprotected access and allow explicit decrypt enabled. You will then be able to decrypt the individual files.

Offsite: An encrypted filesystem is created on the drive and the files are placed into the file system. When the drive is plugged into a system with FRP installed, FRP will mount the encrypted file system and display it as a drive. When plugged into a system without FRP, you must use the EERM.exe application to access the encrpyted file system. There is no method to decrypt this disk. The files must be transfered off the drive, the disk formated and the files transfered back to the drive.

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We have FRP 4.3.1 and there is a removable media category so I'm assuming this would be possible with your version.ePO-FRP.png

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Re: Can you decrypt a external USB hard drive with FRP (file and removable protection) version 5.0.2?

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it depends upon how the drive was encrypted. There are two methods for protecting drives with FRP: Onsite and offsite.

Onsite: As files are transfered to the drive each file is encrypted in the same way it would be with location based encryption. To decrypt, a policy with the FRP Removable Media option should be set to allow unprotected access and allow explicit decrypt enabled. You will then be able to decrypt the individual files.

Offsite: An encrypted filesystem is created on the drive and the files are placed into the file system. When the drive is plugged into a system with FRP installed, FRP will mount the encrypted file system and display it as a drive. When plugged into a system without FRP, you must use the EERM.exe application to access the encrpyted file system. There is no method to decrypt this disk. The files must be transfered off the drive, the disk formated and the files transfered back to the drive.

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So if the EERM.exe file is not on the USB drive, then it was done as onsite encryption? I am having this same issue and I travel to multiple different hospitals using this same USB drive. I did not realize it was going to be such a headache when the computer forced me to put the encryption on the drive at one of the hospitals. Will I have to go back to that same hospital/same computer to recover my files? How will I be able to transfer them to a another removable media type???

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