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How can I decrypt an external (USB) hard drive in Ubuntu 18.04? Unfortunately I can't remember how I encrypted it.

I want to remove the encryption because currently I can only access the files on it from Ubuntu (after typing the passphrase), while I also want to access the files on it from a Windows computer.

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I believe you used the Disks manager to encrypt the partition. I've done the same on my USB drive.

How you did it doesn't matter since you're going to format back you USB drive to FAT system

Just copy the files on your computer, format it FAT32 with the Disks tool, and copy back your files on your USB drive

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