Disk encryption is the process by which every bit of data on a disk is encrypted, protecting it against unauthorized persons.

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Differences between encrypting an actual PC vs a virtual one?

Are there any differences between using for example TrueCrypt to encrypt the system drive of an actual PC and a virtual one running on ESXi? Are there any security advantages/differences?
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Linux bootloader on USB-stick, load different kernel depending on hardware

I'm experimenting with a setup where I keep my kernel and initrd on a USB stick, and thus I can keep everything on the actual computers fully encrypted. Nothing is stored in clear text, and nothing ...
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Encryption of external HDD — accessible from windows without installation

I would like to use encryption on my external HDD but I would like to be able to access the encrypted data from Windows as well. As suggested in other questions, TrueCrypt is one option here, or I am ...
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Do there exist any published security audits of FreeOTFE?

I see that http://www.freeotfe.org offers FOSS encryption software for Windows. This software also has a Wikipedia article devoted to it. However, it appears to have received less scrutiny than its ...
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Right way of installing Windows 8 and Ubuntu with encrypted file system

Here is problem. for which I am looking for solution My Current Installation on laptop and HDD Partition is as follows. 500 GB HDD -- C: 35 GB [Windows 8 Consumer Preview] -- D: 195 GB -- E: 195 GB ...
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Change size on encrypted partitions with partition tools

OS: Windows 7 64-bit My laptop hard drive is encrypted. It seems like partition tool like Partition Wizard or Partition Master can't recognize the partition format, as it only display "unknown" or ...
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PGP Whole Disk Encryption (WDE) - how to image/backup the boot partition?

On Windows 7, I would like to backup the system partition. The whole disk, including the partition, has just been encrypted with PGP 10.1.2 SP3 (I'm obliged to use precisely this software for ...
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Moving folders into a Truecrypt volume on Linux and using symbolic links for them

I've been running Linux Mint for a couple months and now I want to apply some encryption to certain data-sensitive folders. I've read that Ubuntu has an installation option to encrypt everything in ...
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Truecrypting External Hard Drives?

I've always heard people talk about Truecrypting their external hard drives. How do they do this? Is the hard drive encrypted as a hard drive itself, or do you just make an Truecrypt image and then ...
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Reusing a USB flash drive with a hidden partition

I have a USB flash drive with a hidden encrypted partition on it. I'd like to reuse it, but so far I have been unsuccessful in wiping it. It is an SanDisk Cruzer 8GB with what I assume was with the ...
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Is there any benefit to full disk encryption if I always leave my PC on?

As I understand it, full disk encryption encrypts all data on a HDD and protects that data with a password. If I turn my PC off and it gets stolen, all my data, passwords etc. are protected. But I ...
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How to check if partition is Bitlocker encrypted

I am creating a Virtual Harddisk but I want to confirm that the partition on which I am creating VHD is not bitlocker encrypted. I am using windows 7 home premium. Thanks a ton..
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Is there any full disk encryption out there that does not have any forensic traces? Any effective method?

I've been testing quite a number of full disk encryptions but still new in computer forensic stuffs. I'm fully aware of decoy/hidden OS and cold boot attack though. Even Truecrypt and Bestcrypt ...
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Setting custom truecrypt boot prompt

I read a long time ago that you should set the truecrypt boot prompt to say something besides enter password. Is this still true? How can I do this, google search returns nothing useful.
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Nesting TrueCrypt File Volumes

Is it possible to nest TrueCrypt file volumes? In other words, if I create a TrueCrypt volume as a file and store it inside another TrueCrypt file volume, will it work? (As for what I'm going to ...
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How many guesses per second are possible against an encrypted disk? [closed]

I understand that guesses per second depends on the hardware and the encryption algorithm, so I don't expect an absolute number as answer. For example, with an average machine you can make a lot ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 - full disk encryption without alternate installer?

Is there a way to have a full-disk encryption on Ubuntu without using alternate installer CD?
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FOSS cross-platform data drive encryption

Is there any dependable FOSS that provides hard disk encryption such that a data drive (i.e. not a system drive) can be moved between Linux, OS X and Windows systems, and can be read from and written ...
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Reinstall operating system on computer with full disk encryption

I have a computer that has checkpoint full disk encryption installed on it. For reasons I won't go into I can not remove the encryption. However I want to install a new operating system. I don't ...
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Whole-disc encryption offer protection when using files?

I've been trying to find an answer concerning whole-disc encryption and keep coming up short. Assuming PGP-disc, TruCrypt and so on work the same way, what happens when accessing data on an encrypted ...
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TrueCrypt - ran “decrypt” by accident on wrong disk which was not encrypted - how to “encrypt” it back?

basically I had normal, not encrypted disk, which I thought is my truecrypt drive. I booted from TrueCrypt Rescue Disk.iso and selected "Permanent Decrypt my data". It complained about key data being ...
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How to encrypt a zpool in Linux

Does zfs on linux have a built in command to encrypt entire pools (or zfs file systems)? If not - how should one proceed to do so? (I'm running zfs on an Ubuntu Server 12.04LTE)
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Installing Ubuntu as dual boot on SED (self encrypting drive) SSD with existing Win7?

My 6430u Dell laptop will arrive with a 256 GB Self-Encrypting Drive (hardware encryption, opal). Can I install Ubuntu in a dual boot configuration? With a normal dual boot, I just boot off a CD or ...
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Using a Unix terminal to encrypt a disk under OS X

I'm interested in knowing whether there are any native utilities (possibly under diskutil) to encrypt a disk via the command line in OS X 10.8.4. I can use FileVault or Mac OS's Disk Utility Erase ...
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EFI System Partition and unallocated space?

I just got a 3 TB external hard drive (I didn't look closely enough and ended up buying one for Mac but I run Windows 7) and it came with a bunch of software I don't particularly want. I want to ...
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How do I mount a cryptoloop drive in Debian?

I've got an encrypted drive, which I mount under Ubuntu (12.04) like: # modprobe cryptoloop # losetup -e AES128 /dev/loop0 /dev/sda5 # mount /dev/loop0 /mnt But with a recent Debian install (6.0.6 ...
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Is filesystem encryption any good if someone steals my computer while it's on?

I'm using Ubuntu 12, and during installation I have chosen to encrypt the disk and home directory. I only introduce the disk password the first time I log in, so I guess the disk is not encrypted ...
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Windows 7 Laptop - Truecrypt - Ubuntu?

I have a windows 7 Professional Laptop that has had the entire drive encrypted so as to require a password to allow it to boot up. There is only one partition on the drive that takes up the entire ...
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Encryption, loop device and journaling file system on Linux

I've been reading up on tools like Truecrypt, loop-AES and Cryptoloop that use a "loop device" to create an encrypted disk volume within a file. On the README page for loop-AES, it has this paragraph ...
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Does Full Disk Encryption using Veracrypt on a home PC affect my gaming performance and cloud storage options?

I'm considering encrypting my gaming machine SSD (A Samsung 850 EVO, 1 TB) and HDD (1 TB classic HDD) with Veracrypt for the added security (although it's unlikely i'll need it). However, I have some ...
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Hibernating made my computer unbootable

For some reason hibernation was not enabled on my Windows 7 install. So I enabled it, and then put the machine into hibernation. I use McAfee Safeboot on the machine (for data encryption). Upon ...
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Changing System Drive from GPT to MBR

I currently have an Acer Laptop running Windows 10. My system drive currently has a GUID Partition Table (GPT) but I want to convert it to MBR Partition Table. Doing this wont be a problem as I found ...
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How do I create an encrypted mountable read/write disk image under windows?

I know that in linux and osx it's easy to create a disk image that is encrypted and (given you know the key) can be mounted and you can read/write its content. Under windows there are plenty of tools ...
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Decrypting a BitLocker-ed that uses TPM

I'm looking at Dislocker but i cant figure out if a drive that is locked using TPM, but has those details stored in AD, can be opened using Dislocker. Does anyone know? EDIT: Dislocker is a linux ...
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Is it possible to add a key to an open luks volume whithout providing a current key?

As the title states, I need to know if there is a method to add a key that doesn't require the user to retype the password / provide a keyfile for an already open luks volume. I'd actually need to ...
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Is there a way to use a keyfile with TrueCrypt full disk encryption?

Is it possible to completely encrypt a drive using TrueCrypt and then being able to decrypt it using a keyfile at boot time?
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Can TrueCrypt automatically dismount a volume when laptop shuts down?

I created an encrypted volume in a partition in my laptop. But I'm worried to forget to unmount it when I close the laptop (which may put it in standby or hibernate) and somebody be able to hack ...
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Recovering a LUKS encrypted partition from dump

I did a Linux Mint 15 install on my notebook a couple of weeks ago, and chose to encrypt the whole disk. Yesterday I could no longer decrypt it (that is, it insisted that either the passphrase or ...
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How can I encrypt my Windows 8 laptop?

I have a UEFI laptop with Windows 8 that has the GPT partition system. How can I do full disk encryption? It has been announced by the TrueCrypt team that they do not support Windows 8/GPT. I'm not ...
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Speeding up encryption during Debian install

I am installing Debian wheezy on some laptops. I have one large partition of about 750GB and a 4GB swap partition. I enabled encryption on both partitions and am now in the midst of the encryption ...
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Hard Drive Encryption

I have a new HP laptop 2540p and was wondering how hard is it to encrypt the whole hard drive? Does it slow boot time? Does it make loading programs take longer? You have to enter a password at boot ...
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How to autodetect device name in Linux

I have an encrypted USB dongue with cryptosetup, to mount it I have to execute a script that has hardcoded (or admits it as a parameter) the device name of that dongue that previously you had to ...
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How to create an encrypted swap partition in Debian 6?

I am installing Debian and would like to set up the /swap partition as encrypted. I am able to select either encrypted physical device or as swap/swap. Are there any methods to create an encrypted ...
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Remove EFS recovery agent from domain member

I cannot ask our Domain Admins to update recovery agent, since they are in other country and they serve millions of people worldwide (actually, I've asked with no success). GPO disables EFS at all, ...
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Cannot mount TrueCrypt volume

I encrypted a 800GB partition on my 1TB hard drive. The process completed successfully. But, now when I mount the drive it asks me to format it. I cannot open it. I have 600GB of data and I am not ...
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Encrypted HDD vs. Power Outage. SOL?

Tonight I came home to one of my servers stuck during boot saying the boot drive couldn't be found. I have three HDD's in this server and BIOS picked up all three, but reported one as having a ...
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Full disc encryption with usb token

I want to encrypt whole disc on a laptop with a keyfile. Put the keyfile on usb flash drive. Next time, when user tries to boot the machine, first it requires to plug that usb drive which consist ...
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No space left on device with encrypted disk that takes all space

I use Ubuntu 11.04. There's no space left on device. I have encrypted the disk that takes up space (maybe it's good to disable it, but I don't know how). In shell, I get this message: No space ...
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losetup does not decrypt device in Ubuntu 11.4 as before

I had an external volume mounted using losetup for about two years. It was created using Ubuntu 9.4 and I used the same Ubuntu installation throughout all dist upgrades. Now as I bought a new laptop I ...
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Encrypting a SSD

I have finally made a move to ssd (OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGTE240G 2.5" 240GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive) but using it without encryption makes me nervous.I've searched here and elsewhere ...