Alright this may become very technical so I hope this doesn't become vague as to what happened or how it can be fixed. Freshmen year of college i was using a custom built PC with Win XP. I at this point had about 1000-2000 digital Pictures. I made one of the worst decisions I could make at that point to encrypt these files using the XP encryption option for files. This prevented anyone access who wasn't logged on as the main system Admin from accessing them. My user name was Douglas. I then moved these files to a second harddrive(still maintaining acess). Next not within a very small timeframe however I formated the hardrive that had my WinXp to do a fresh install, but kept all of my important stuff on the second drive this included my encrptyed pics. After booting up the fresh XP OS i mounted the second hardrive with all the data and instantly realized what i had done. Since i installed the new XP i lost privleges to the files on the second hard drive because i lacked the 128-bit key(i think thats what it was). I tried everything i could to gain access and tried to see if their were any 3rd party programs that would allow me access but to no avail. I contacted Windows support only to be turned away because they could not be sure it was the same user. I had heard from someone having similar but not exactly the same situation and they gained access to their files when moved to a Mac. So my question is does anyone know of any method to maybe gain access? Legal, illegal anything? Any suggestions (besides the obvious don't do something that stupid again) i haven't beaten myself up over this decision for 3 years! Anyone with any ideas or suggestions let me know! Any methods that may not be well reflected upon by others can PM me. Thanks in advance guys, MacRumors has not let me down before.