I have a 1 year old HP EliteBook 8530 laptop, running Windows XP (it shipped that way, and Vista is an option). I encrypted the hard drive using what I thought was the WIndows built-in disk decryption. After (during) a crash (I forgot what, but it was something routine), I force power-downed (as I have often done). Well, too soon, because next time I booted, I got the infamous error message above.
I've spent the past few days studying posts to attempt to better understand how to fix this problem. But now I need some guidance, because my gut tells me there is a solution, but I need to proceed carefully to avoid trashing the drive.
I successfully built a WinPE/Wintech disk (thanks mucho Mr. Safeboot/Mr. Hunt !), figured out the authorization, and am able to access the PC. However, I apparently never saved the machine key or .SDB, so I'm having trouble authenticating the drive (that's bad juju for sure, I know; if I can fix this, it's the first thing I'll do.) Of course I know my Windows Username and Password, which are the only authentication I'm aware of. But I still have no access to the data.
When I try to "Authenticate from SBFS" I get a "sector chain is not valid" error; when I try it again I get a "Select Tokens" pop-up, with the only option being "Password Only Token". When I select that, I get a pop-up asking for a User Name and Password. When I enter my Windows User Name and Password (that's all I know to enter), I get error code 0xe0010022 "The token is not the correct on the for user".
The other Authentication options refer me to the functioning drives on the computer (D: (the HP recovery volume), CD-Rom, X:, etc.), as if the machine key or some other appropriate database can be found there. I'm not sure what to look for, but my research indicates I should seek some kind of .SDB file. No luck so far, though.
It seems to me that if I could repair the Safeboot boot sector, and get the machine to boot from the hard disk, I might be good. But that's a guess, since I'm not certain precisely what the problem is.
My main goal is to access the data, although I'd certainly be happy to get the computer running properly as before.
Any help or insights would be greatly appreciated.