Finding EFS Encrypted Files


One of the warnings I received from dcpromo when setting up a Backup Domain Controller was that all encrypted files should be decrypted before promoting the computer to a BDC. Since the server I was using had had other uses before, I wanted to make sure there weren’t any encrypted files.

I found that you can use cipher /U /N to list all the encrypted files on your system. You only have to run it once, and it will find all encrypted files on all the drives.

C:>cipher /U /N

Encrypted File(s) on your system:

F:New Text Document.txt


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