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How to Find and List All Your EFS Encrypted Files in Windows 10

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The Encrypting File System (EFS) is the built-in encryption tool in Windows used to encrypt files and folders on NTFS drives to protect them from unwanted access. EFS enables transparent encryption and decryption of files for your user account by using advanced, standard cryptographic algorithms. Any individual or app that doesn't possess the appropriate file encryption key cannot open any encrypted files and folders. Encryption is the strongest protection that Windows provides to help you keep your individual files and folders secure.

When you encrypt a file or folder with EFS in Windows 10, its icon will have a lock overlay at the top right corner to indicate that it's an EFS encrypted file or folder.

Sometimes you may lose track of all your encrypted files and need to create a list of them to find them all again.

This tutorial will show you how to create a list of all EFS encrypted files that belong to the current user on all NTFS local drives in Windows 10.


CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To Find All Your Encrypted Files on Local Drives and Output List in Command Prompt
  • Option Two: To Find All Your Encrypted Files on Local Drives and Output List to Text File





Find All Encrypted Files in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Find All Encrypted Files in Windows 10
To Find All Your Encrypted Files on Local Drives and Output List in Command Prompt

1. Open a command prompt.

2. Enter the command below into the command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

cipher /u /n /h

3. Windows will now search all NTFS local drives for all encrypted files that belong to the current user, and will output a list of them in the command prompt.

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Find All Encrypted Files in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Find All Encrypted Files in Windows 10
To Find All Your Encrypted Files on Local Drives and Output List to Text File

1. Open a command prompt.

2. Enter the command below into the command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

cipher /u /n /h > %UserProfile%\Desktop\MyEncryptedFiles.txt

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3. Windows will now search all NTFS local drives for all encrypted files that belong to the current user, and will output a list of them to the MyEncryptedFiles.txt file created on your desktop.
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It will be finished searching when you see the prompt again.


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