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How can I set up my Windows 7 laptop to open a TrueCrypt volume on startup?

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From the Truecrypt FAQ,

Can I configure TrueCrypt to mount automatically whenever Windows starts a non-system TrueCrypt volume that uses the same password as my system partition/drive (i.e. my pre-boot authentication password)?

Yes. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Mount the volume (to the drive letter to which you want it to be mounted every time).
  2. Right-click the mounted volume in the drive list in the main TrueCrypt window
    and select 'Add to System Favorites'.
  3. The System Favorites Organizer window should appear now.
    In this window, enable the option 'Mount system favorite volumes when Windows starts' and click OK.

For more information, see the chapter System Favorite Volumes.

However,

Note that, unlike the regular (non-system) favorites, system favorite volumes use the pre-boot authentication password and, therefore, require your system partition/drive to be encrypted.

So, Read from the Favourite Volumes section.

Favorite volumes can be mounted in several ways:

  1. To mount all favorite volumes, select Favorites > Mount Favorite Volumes or
  2. press the 'Mount Favorite Volumes' hot key (Settings > Hot Keys).
  3. To mount only one of the favorite volumes, select it from the list contained in the Favorites menu.

When you do so, you are asked for its password (and/or keyfiles) (unless it is cached) and if it is correct,
the volume is mounted. If it is already mounted, an Explorer window is opened for it.

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Selected or all favorite volumes can be mounted automatically whenever you log on to Windows. To set this up, follow these steps:

  1. Mount the volume you want to have mounted automatically when you log on (mount it to the drive letter to which you want it to be mounted every time).
  2. Right-click the mounted volume in the drive list in the main TrueCrypt window and select 'Add to Favorites'.
  3. The Favorites Organizer window should appear now. In this window, enable the option 'Mount selected volume upon logon' and click OK.

Then, when you log on to Windows, you will be asked for the volume password (and/or keyfiles) and if it is correct, the volume will be mounted.

Source: http://www.truecrypt.org/docs/?s=favorites

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