Truecrypt is software that is used to encrypt or decrypt (virtual) partitions or entire drives.

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Is TrueCrypt truly safe?

I have been using TrueCrypt for a long time now. However, someone pointed me to a link that described the problems with the license. IANAL and so it really didn't make much sense to me; however, I ...
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Which TrueCrypt Algorithm is the safest?

If performance is of no concern, which TrueCrypt algorithm is the safest to use? AES Serpent Triple DES Twofish AES-Twofish AES-Twofish-Serpent Serpent-AES Serpent-Twofish-AES Twofish-Serpent
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Speed of TrueCrypt whole disk encryption

I'm getting a new development laptop soon, and I'm thinking of using TrueCrypt to encrypt the whole disk. What kind of performance drop can I expect? 10%? 30%? More? Also, assuming the workload has ...
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How can you use Windows Backup with a TrueCrypt encrypted backup destination?

Background There are numerous backup solutions out there for Windows and they come in many different forms. From a file copy and/or syncing tool like SyncBackSE to whole hard drive backup utilities ...
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How do I disable “you need to format this disk” message in Windows Vista/7?

I've started using TrueCrypt to encrypt a partition on an external USB hard drive. I've opted for using a raw partition as opposed to a file container. But here's the annoyance. Whenever I connect ...
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Encrypted HDD 100% safe?

I guess am a bit of a paranoid ha... anyway i encrypted my HDD with truecrypt using all printable ASCII characters and the password is 64 characters long. It is quite random, certainly no dictionary ...
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Is TrueCrypt robust against data corruption?

I would expect a TrueCrypt volume to be fragile when it suffers from data corruption. This could happen for example because the hard disk, CD or DVD start to deteriorate, or when an USB stick is ...
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Replacing Dropbox with: Amazon S3 + SSL + GPG/TrueCrypt + Mounting on OSX ?? [closed]

So, right now we're using Dropbox to share various data files around between approximately 10 Mac OS X systems. However, we already have an S3 account and everyone on the lowest Dropbox plan of ...
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How insecure is my short password really?

Using systems like TrueCrypt, when I have to define a new password I am often informed that using a short password is insecure and "very easy" to break by brute-force. I always use passwords of 8 ...
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TrueCrypt, RIPEMD-160 vs SHA-512 vs Whirlpool

I am encrypting a volume with TrueCrypt. I have decided to use AES as the encryption algorithm, seeing as it is the government standard. But which hash algorithm is better (more secure)? RIPEMD-160 ...
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Does using TrueCrypt makes “file shredding” tools obsolete?

On Windows, I frequently use Eraser, to delete securely the files I remove. I've been looking at TrueCrypt recently, and its whole disk encryption. If I encrypt the whole disk, does that make using ...
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Truecrypt: Encrypt entire drive without having a CD/DVD drive

When I try to encrypt my laptop using TrueCrypt, it wants me to create a rescue disk and verify it. However, the laptop does not have a CD drive or a DVD drive, and I don't own something that can be ...
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Using TrueCrypt (software encryption) with an SSD

I use full drive encryption (FDE) w/ TrueCrypt on my laptop. I have a 2nd gen I7 with AES instruction support, so honestly I can't even notice a speed change on the system with it on. My question, ...
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windows 8.1 upgrade fails with error code 0xc1900101-0x20017

Note that the answer accepted for this problem appears to only be applicable to systems using some form of full disk encryption. I just tried to install windows 8.1 on my laptop, but it fails to ...
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Sharing TrueCrypt partition between Windows and Ubuntu

I want to install dual boot with Windows and Ubuntu (Windows 7 and Ubuntu 9.04 in this case) both sharing one partition for data with TrueCrypt. Is that possible? Would that work well? My plan would ...
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How to turn off the “you need to format the disk… do you want to format it?” message in Windows [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I disable "you need to format this disk" message in Windows Vista/7? I have a USB drive. The entire device is encrypted with TrueCrypt. When I plug ...
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Is TrueCrypt reliable enough for business-critical use? [closed]

I'd like to hear from TrueCrypt users who've had both good and (if any) bad experiences with it: Is it reliable enough for business-critical use? In my case, I expect to use file-based containers ...
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Is Truecrypt/Macfuse supported on Snow Leopard with 64-bit kernel?

TC runs, but I get this error when trying to mount a volume: Failed to load /Library/Filesystems/fusefs.fs/Support/fusefs.kext - (libkern/kext) link error. I've seen various posts talking ...
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How much will full-disk encryption slow down a netbook?

I've been comfortable using TrueCrypt volumes to protect various sets of files on my computers. But I've gathered there can be more convenience and security to be had be encrypting the full hard disk, ...
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How can I use TrueCrypt under windows 8.1?

I know that TrueCrypt doesn't support windows 8 because some systems have UEFI enabled. It seems that if UEFI is disabled or Windows 8 is installed on an non UEFI system TrueCrypt just works fine in ...
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How do I encrypt a Samsung Evo 840 SSD?

I've purchased a HP Envy 15-j005ea laptop which I have upgraded to Windows 8.1 Pro. I have also removed the HDD and replaced it with a 1TB Samsung Evo 840 SSD. I now wish to encrypt the drive to ...
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Share Truecrypt container

is it possible to put a truecrypt container on a net share and access/mount it form multiple machines (windows) at the same time? I fear that if both would write the file could be corrupted.
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How to chain GRUB2 for Ubuntu 10.04 from Truecrypt & its bootloader (multi boot alongside Windows XP partition)?

I want Truecrypt to ask for password for Windows XP as usual but with the standard [ESC] option, on selecting that, i.e via Escape key, I want it to find the grub for the (unencrypted) Ubuntu install. ...
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Why the results of Truecrypt and cryptsetup (LUKS) benchmarking are so different?

I want to encrypt a part of my HDD. But before that I wanted to benchmark the different algorithm available wondering if I should choose aes-xts-256 or aes-xts-512. Note: I don't have aes hardware ...
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Incremental (delta) backup of a encrypted data

I have several files that I need to keep encrypted on my home hard disk. I currently use a TrueCrypt file container, currently around 100MB in size. I need to backup this file daily, and I'm looking ...
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Is TrueCrypt full disk encryption on windows 8 safe to use? [closed]

Since Windows 8 is currently still not 100% supported, I was wondering if full disk encryption is more or less safe to use in Windows 8. I couldn't find any info on that on the internet, so I used a ...
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Mac OS X full-disk encryption, with Time Machine

I want to encrypt at least my home partition on my MacBook Pro running OS X 10.5. I know both File Vault and TrueCrypt would do this, but I also want to keep on using Time Machine to back up my ...
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Bootable USB stick with Truecrypt

I want to boot the TrueCrypt rescue disk from a USB flash drive. I have Windows 7 64bit so I cannot use Grub4Dos to do this (it only works on 32bit system), and 99% of all documentations on how to ...
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Expand TrueCrypt volume on Mac OS

Are there any known solutions to manually or automatically expand a TrueCrypt volume on Mac OS?
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Recover data from a corrupt truecrypt encrypted partiton

If you have a drive that totatly encrypted using Truecrypt and somehow the boot sector / disk header is corrupted and you can no longer mount the truecrypt volume, is it somehow possible to recover ...
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Windows 7 startup repair with Truecrypt

I have many computers encrypted with Truecrypt 7.1a (current version) with the whole drive encrypted. Today one of them shows the Windows 7 splash screen for a moment and then goes into startup ...
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Volume Shadow Copy based backup that works with TrueCrypt?

I have enabled whole-drive encryption on my external drive to comply with my company's requirements about data security. I want to be able to make a backup of files on the drive, even while they're in ...
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TrueCrypt: NTFS or FAT?

The default file system for a TrueCrypt volume is FAT. Isn't NTFS more robust? What are the pros and cons of creating a TrueCrypt NTFS vs. FAT volume?
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Rescuing an encrypted hard drive

A friend of mine asked me to encrypt the hard drive on his netbook (running Windows Vista) so I used TrueCrypt's full-system encryption to do it. All is well. Except now he forgot his Windows login ...
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Truecrypt v. PGP v. Bitlocker for whole disk encryption?

This is a follow up on a previous thread from last year (What software should I use to encrypt my hard drive?): any more thoughts on whole disk encryption? I'm getting a new laptop and am willing to ...
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TrueCrypt full disk encryption on the Intel 520 Series SSD

I am considering purchasing the Origin PC EON 11-S Pro laptop. It will be mounted to my wheelchair, so a solid-state drive (Intel 520 Series) will be used to eliminate any data loss due to low level ...
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TrueCrypt container in Google Drive

I have a TrueCrypt file container in the Google Drive folder. I add stuff into it, make sure TrueCrypt changed the timestamp of the container. Google Drive syncs with the server, but it seems it ...
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TrueCrypt. auto-mount the secondary volume?

I have a system volume and a secondary volume. Both are encrypted. How I can make the secondary volume mount automatically (without asking password), when I boot?
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I used the same password for my hidden volume as my outer volume. Did I lose my outer volume's data?

I had a regular TrueCrypt volume that contained data that I actually wanted to keep. Well, like a complete moron, I decided to experiment with hidden volumes and, of course, I used that existing ...
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How to properly image a truecrypt system partition?

A couple of times now I have imaged a truecrypt system partition in windows. When the system has crashed on me I've attempted to recover the system only for truecrypt to not boot the recovered system. ...
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Is there any way to force a Windows 7 computer to process autoruns.inf on a USB stick?

There is nothing nefarious about this question. We have some temporary worker who will be doing work on some confidential information. I would like to give them the data on a USB stick, set up as ...
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How do I autorun applications after mounting a TrueCrypt container?

I would like my TrueCrypt virtual drive to act as a newly inserted USB drive or CD/DVD by executing commands in the partition's autorun.inf file. I've read several suggestions online including ...
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Using a decoy operating system, with another OS hidden by TrueCrypt?

TrueCrypt provides an option to use a hidden operating system. This works by having a decoy operating system residing on partition 1, and using partition 2 as (encrypted) data storage for the decoy ...
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Encrypting my laptop hard drive

I've considered encrypting my laptop hard drive for a while now, but the only thing holding m back is my Microsoft SQL Server 2008 installation. I use my laptop for development and also have some ...
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Is it possible to resize TrueCrypt partitions?

When I installed Ubuntu on my laptop, I created a large partition on the hard drive to encrypt with TrueCrypt. Turns out I'm not using the amount of space I thought I would be for encrypting data, and ...
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Can someone access a mounted TrueCrypt drive if they stole my laptop?

I'm using a TrueCrypt encrypted hard drive on my computer where I store all my work files. Usually, when I leave my laptop, I simply lock the Windows session but leave the TrueCrypt drive mounted. ...
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Can TrueCrypt be cracked? [closed]

I like TrueCrypt because its easy to use, the filenames can't be viewed unless you decrypt them. My questions are: a) Is there any other encryption software better than TrueCrypt that provides ...
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Encrypted TrueCrypt volume in file with decoy content?

I've been reading about the encryption features of TrueCrypt, including the feature to have an encrypted volume inside a file with any name. For example, I can create an encrypted volume inside a file ...
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TrueCrypt: pro and contra

What are possible drawbacks of using TrueCrypt? Do I risk losing my data in case of some disk error?
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How do I make sure a file stays off my hard drive on OS X?

I need to keep a secure file on OS X (10.6). The file is stored on a Flash drive, in an encrypted volume using TrueCrypt. The file itself is a CSV, to be opened using Excel. I need the file to stay ...