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Simple but effective file encryption?

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Hi, I'm looking to add a measure of encryption protection for sensitive files on my computer. Is Windows' Encryption File System (EFS) worth messing with? Is there a better alternative?

Looking around the web, what I've found so far is:
Encrypting is easy
Decrypting is automatic for the user who created the file

But it seems that if I reinstall Windows, or copy the file to another computer, or pop the HDD into another computer, or the key gets corrupted ... etc. etc. .... the file will be inaccesible unless I previously had backed up the key. I've not been able to find clear instructions how to do that.

Everything I read seems to be talking about a special situation, like
if the computer is on a network, part of a workgroup, or a domain, etc.

I just want to back up the key on a standalone computer so I can access the file myself later in one of the above circumstances.

Can anyone make this more sensible to me, or point me in another direction?

I have XP Pro SP2 on one computer and Windows 2000 SP4 on another one. Also, no one seems to be saying this explicitly, but EFS is contingent on the file system being NTFS, is it not? Some of my partitions are FAT32.

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pianoman1949 said:
Looks very cool, I will try it. Thanks.
Was just over at my friends work today and he is using this.
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