MacGPG: Decrypt a previously PGP encrypted disk partition

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25 Dec, 2018 10:16 AM

I am attempting to recover an encrypted disk partition originally set up within PGP - the GPG services “decrypt” returns an error - decryption failed no data code 58

The *.pgp file in question is >5gb (according to my mac) but maybe GPG is unable to decrypt a disk partition and folder structure and only useful to decrypt individual files or emails ?

I have successfully recovered my pgp key

Any assistance appreciated

I expect to see the file structure as I did in ‘pgp desktop’ which is no longer available on my machine

macOS                   10.13.6     17G4015
GPG Suite               2018.5      2368    (6f26711)
GPG Mail                3.0.1       1347    (39fef82b)  30 trial days remaining
GPG Keychain            1.4.6       1514    (560b5a9)
GPG Services            1.11.6      1056    (ad0c960)
MacGPG                  2.2.10      921     (b487092)
GPG Suite Preferences   2.1.4       1077    (ad934a9)
Libmacgpg               0.8.7       895     (78f424a)
pinentry                1.1.0       10      (1ff8803)
  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Steve on 26 Dec, 2018 10:52 PM

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    Hi Chris,

    welcome to the GPGTools support platform. Sorry you are having problems using GPG Suite.

    GPG Services is not capable of decryption disk partitions created with PGP Desktop.

    You may want to cnosult the Symantec Support about this:

    Sorry we are unable to provide an easy solution here.


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