Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

i have an external hdd with personal info like bank details personal projects etc. I have 2 partitions, one for my personal stuff and one for casual stuff. I tried truecrypt, but when the disk is plugged, the encrypted partitions appear as unformatted drives, and anyone will be tempted to format it, thus destroying all data.

I am looking for a way to make only the casual partition visible on any computer it is plugged in.

share|improve this question
Why do other people have access to your computer while your personal external hdd is connected to the computer? The simple solution would be use Bitlocker instead. – Ramhound Mar 1 '13 at 12:18
"my personal external hdd" might not be always connected to my computer. in fact, most of the time i have to lend it to my friends to transfer stuff across computers. Unfortunately, Bitlocker doesn't prevent directory listing. – arnab321 Mar 1 '13 at 19:46
Simple solution to that problem. Use Bitlocker and have a TrueCrypt container be the only thing that exists on the drive. – Ramhound Mar 1 '13 at 20:15

I suggest to create only one non-encrypted partition and then to create a truecrypt volume on it: when not mounted it will look like a normal (big) file inside, just like a any other file

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


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.