Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I want to have two copies of Windows 7 installed on the same physical drive, is it possible to use TrueCrypt to encrypt one of the drive partitions/windows instances?

If so, how should I go about it, (i.e. what order to install things from scratch)

Thanks!

share|improve this question
add comment

1 Answer 1

The links will detail all you require to setup both the dual boot and encryption of partition.
You should read the links a couple of times and you should run a backup, clone or just save data before you start -just in case- if you do not have a favorite clone software Clonezilla will do the job )
Clonezilla
http://clonezilla.org/downloads.php
To dual boot two win7s on same drive.
http://thpc.info/dual/win7/dualboot_win7+7_on_win7.html
--1st step is to fully install the first Windows 7 [win7. a] Then go to Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Storage -> Disk Management and shrink the' C: volume ' to the size required. Make it an unallocated partition ( you can run a clone of the hard drive at this time- just in case)
--2nd step is to turn off all programs and shut down the computer in the correct manner.
--3rd step is to fully install the second Windows 7 [win7. b] selecting the newly unallocated partition for the second win7 install.
--4th step is to shut down in the correct maner and test both Win7.a and Win7.b , to insure all is OK.
(you can run a clone of full hard drive at this point-just in case)
--5th step is to select the Win7 install you wish to encrypt, load and open Truecrypt and start the encryption.
Truecrypt.
http://www.truecrypt.org/
Beginner's Tutorial
http://www.truecrypt.org/docs/
http://www.truecrypt.org/docs/?s=system-encryption
At the 3rd step of Truecrypt you will be asked by the Truecrypt Install Wizard to select the type of encryption you wish to use.
[1]. a container placed in a folder,
[2] a non-system partiton,
[3] a partition or whole system drive.
The 3rd option is what you need to use for your goal.(you can select to have this partition hidden)
--6th step is to follow the Truecrpt Install Wizard and encrypt your Windows 7 install.
Don't forget to read the links and write down your passwords.
Hope this is what you where after.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.