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Accessing data partition on encrypted drive from another PC via usb?

MostHated

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Hey all,
I had my original Pop install on a 970 Evo NVMe drive in my old pc. I recently built a new PC in which I had two faster larger NVMe drives in each of the slots. I had bought a PCIe to NVMe card that I was going to put it in, forgetting that the other PCIe slot had to have my 10gb nic for my NAS, so I have no other place to put it, so I bought a highly rated NVMe to USB3.1 gen2 external enclosure and I have it plugged into my PC, but never got around to figuring out if I would be able to actually access the thing that way since Pop encrypted the drive, so only the one 4gb partitions is currently accessible.

Does anyone have experience with accessing a drive externally and might be able to share with me if I need to get any sort of special tools or anything to be able to decrypt the drive (if it's even possible?). If not, I could probably boot to it via the enclosure, or worst case, take one of my other drives out temporarily if I need to to at least access it for the time being. If I can't access it externally, is it possible, from within the OS, to permanently decrypt it so that I can then gain access to it externally?

Thanks!
-MH
 

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Hello MostHated,
If I remember correctly, when you try to access the LUKS (encrypted partition) from GNOME files (file manager) on another PC running Linux/GNOME 3, it should ask you for the encrypted passphrase of the drive. Once the passphrase is entered correctly, it will mount the partition under /media/username/partitionname/, at which point you can copy data from /media/username/partitionname/home/oldusername/
It should be about the same steps if you are using KDE, Mate or another desktop environment.

It is possible for the password to be remembered so it auto-mounts every time it is plugged in, too.
 

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I was hoping to be able to do it from WSL2 on my new PC since it is running Windows (some of the software I use often doesn't have a Linux variation yet). I figured just to make things easier and give it a try, I fired up my laptop which was running Pop and plugged it in and it worked straight away. So I am currently using RClone to move the files off, so it looks like all is well. I appreciate the reply.
 

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