The WEK Backup utility allows you to back up the workstation encryption key (WEK) and other critical EP Hard Disk data. This backup is very important in the event the EP Hard Disk volume files get damaged. Such damage could be caused by hard disk failure or a boot-time defragmenter and will prevent you from decrypting the drive. In such a situation, a WEK backup could be your last resort for recovery.
To use the option Recover /B. WEK is required.
EP Hard Disk (EPHD) volume files get damaged and it could be caused by hard disk failure or a boot-time defragmenter. It will prevent you from decrypting the drive. In such a situation, a WEK backup could be your last resort for recovery.
The WEK Backup file must be created after EP Hard Disk completes the encryption (or decryption) process. Each time EP Hard Disk completes encryption or decryption, or a user changes authentication information, a new backup file must be created for that workstation. Using an old backup file results in data loss. This file cannot be created after a hard drive experiences problems.
1. From the Start menu, select Run. In the text field, type CMD to open a DOS window.
2. From the DOS window, navigate to the folder where WEK_Backup.exe is located.
3. Create a command line using the following syntax:
[path]WEK_Backup /B=[path for .bkp file] /LF=[path for audit trail file]
Example: A:\WEK_Backup /B=A:\ /LF=A:\
A path must be specified for the /B parameter. The backup can be made to the root of a floppy disk (A:\) but not to the root of the hard disk (C:\). If you are creating a backup to the hard drive, you must create a folder first and then create the command line that will create the backup file in the new folder.
If no path is specified with the /LF parameter, the default location for the log file is A:\.
The log file name is WEKATF.LOG.
4. The backup file is created in the location you specified. The backup file name is different depending on the installed version of EP Hard Disk. For versions of EP Hard Disk 7.0.23 and later, the naming convention is [EP Hard Disk User Name][Machine Name].bkp. If the EP Hard Disk user name contains any of the following special characters < > : " / \ | * ? then the file name used is [Windows User Name][Machine Name].bkp. The special characters that EP Hard Disk allows in its user names are not acceptable for Windows file names; however, the Windows user name contains only acceptable characters.
Imported Document ID: TECH154590
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