Wallet passphrase loss - the 'backup'


Hello, i have fallen into the lost passphrase trap, thinking using the ‘backing up’ ‘HIFIKEY’ (c drive ,users, roaming HF etc) would be saving the passphrase. I returned there only to find it only opens HF …no wallet password recovery. Im a little confused. Is it hidden in there someplace? Am i doomed to having to start HF and a new avatar all over again ? Thanks in advance… sorry if a noob question, not sure where to ask or solve.