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 have just started using TrueCrypt on the go to encrypt my entire external usb disk. Everything works nicely, now I just have one question:

I plug in the disk and mount it with TrueCrypt. I can copy files on to it and read it. All seems ok. Then I decide to kill the autocrypt process from running in the background and I can still write files on that disk.
Why is that?
Does it mean it will still be encrypting even though process isn't running anymore?

I'm talking about windows TrueCrypt on the go version.

OS: Windows 8.1

Thank you for your help.

share|improve this question
    
Why would you kill the process? –  Ramhound May 28 '14 at 14:49
    
That is not the point. The point is, that disk is stil writable, eventhough the process is killed and program is closed. So i am not really sure how are files being encrypted then? –  vrocipes May 28 '14 at 18:27
    
You didn't indicate what operating system. –  Ramhound May 28 '14 at 18:58
    
It is windows 8.1 –  vrocipes May 28 '14 at 19:39
    
Feel free to update your question and the tags. –  Ramhound May 28 '14 at 20:00

1 Answer 1

up vote 1 down vote accepted

The GUI process only serves as a management interface for the kernel driver. This driver does all the heavy lifting, including encryption and decryption.

Bottom line: This is expected behavior. You can even close it normally while volumes are mounted IIRC.

share|improve this answer
    
Thanks. And this driver get loaded as soon as you mount the disk with truecrypt? –  vrocipes May 29 '14 at 6:13
    
@vrocipes The driver is always running. You can see it in Device Manager when you enable the “Show hidden devices” option, in the “Non-Plug and Play Drivers” category. –  Daniel B May 29 '14 at 11:20

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.