First of all I'd like to say I don't come to this forum often, and probably won't come back unless I/a friend need help with an issue, so I am just going to be another new user statistics with 5+/- posts ^^ But I digress, So I was really worried about my hard drive and its contents for a while, so I got Truecrypt and encrypted my hdd, using the password 1234567890-=!"£$%^&*()_+ (really easy to remember, and not a1st guess) and after I stopped worrying, I quit the service, but today there was a powercut and my computer is now locked from booting because the password doesn't work. I'm really stressed because I got a feeling I need to format, and there are a lot of projects and things I really _don't_ want to lose. The other details I can give are that I encrypted all partitions, using the fastest encryption, then turned on the boot option, I use a laptop hard drive in a USB caddy with my master HDD in the motherboard, there is only one OS on the HDD i need to boot. I gave my brother my windows 7 disc months ago so I may take 2-3days to get it back and try anything I can to recover it. Is there anything that I might be able to use or any ideas to get past it? And I saw somewhere that install disc can get back the old boot files, does this need a format or something? Thank you for your time. Edit: haha, I wrote I bought truecrypt^^ really tired as I wrote this, my apologies.