The pgpwde command-line program gives you access to PGP Whole Disk Encryption functionality using a command-line interface.
Accessing PGP Whole Disk Encryption functions from the command line is useful for troubleshooting problems, or if the graphical user interface is not available. This article details how to decrypt a partition using the pgpwde command-line program.
Note: If a system hard disk has been "fully" decrypted, and will not boot, users should run the fixmbr command from the Windows Recovery Console from a Windows XP installation CD.
Warning: Use of the PGP Recovery Disks should be used as the last step when attempting recovery. Should there be a power loss while decrypting with the recovery disk, the result to the disk could be fatal and non-recoverable. It is also highly recommended to use the latest PGP Recovery Disk available for the version of PGP Desktop you are running..
Caution: Users with extended partitions on their hard disks that were Whole Disk encrypted should ONLY use the latest available Recovery disk. Prior versions could cause these partitions to no longer be visible to Windows after fully decrypting the disk.
Once you have started to decrypt a disk or partition using a recovery disc or diskette, do not stop the decryption process. Depending on the size of the disk being decrypted, this process can take a long time. A faster way to decrypt the drive is to use another system that has the same version of PGP Desktop installed on it.
To decrypt a disk via the command-line which is partition encrypted, use the following steps:
The partition number can be determined by typing the following at the command prompt: pgpwde --enum
Note: To decrypt all partitions on the disk use the following command:
After executing the command, open PGP Desktop and the graphical user interface will display the decrypting status of the disk.
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