Is it impossible to get around Windows XP file encryption?

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If I encrypted files on XP SP2, transferred them to an external drive, and am trying to get them on a new drive am I out of luck?

My old drive is toast and I didn't think to unencrypt the files before backing them up :(((
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If you encrypted the files or have the export your certificate and private key you should be able to decrypt the files. As noted in, "only the user who encrypts a file can recover data that has been encrypted, unless the user specifies a recovery agent before they encrypted the files. To make sure that you can decrypt files in the future, you should always export your certificate and private key and keep them in a safe location."