Lost private key

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27 Jan, 2021 11:06 AM

Hi guys,

My HD failed and is unrecoverable. I've lost my PGP private key but I have the passphrase and public key. Is there any way to recover the private key so can encrypt/decrypt messages?

The key was made in GPG suite and I've downloaded this for another mac but can't seem to find a way to "login" so to speak so I can access my kets.

  1. 1 Posted by Marc on 28 Jan, 2021 01:47 PM

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    Hi Matt,

    No, it's not possible to recover the private key from a password, as the latter only unlocks the key, but can do nothing besides that.

    If you don't have a copy of the private key somewhere then I fear there is nothing you can do to recover the key.


  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by Steve on 28 Jan, 2021 02:33 PM

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    Hi Matt,

    welcome to the GPGTools support platform. Sorry to hear about your HD failure :(

    As Marc correctly states, if you do not have a backup of the failed harddrive and that was the only location your secret key was kept, there is indeed no way to recover it.

    If you have a backup or you also kept your secret key on another mac you will be able to get back to working state.


  3. Steve closed this discussion on 04 Feb, 2021 04:44 PM.

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