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

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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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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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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 $10/...
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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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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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Windows 10 upgrade and Truecrypt

Can you safely upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 when using Truecrypt 7.1a without risk of corrupting the bootloader and without first decrypting the drive?
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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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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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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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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 in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Crashplan + TrueCrypt - Overkill?

Crashplan already has an option to encrypt the data. And if selected, this stores the encrypted file on the server. Truecrypt certainly has lot more options, but for basic usage, wouldn't CrashPlan'...
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Does UEFI potentially leak encryption keys?

I just built my first computer in years and for the first time I now have an UEFI mainboard. I installed Windows 7 in legacy mode and encrypted my system partition with Truecrypt. Recently there was ...
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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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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 files....
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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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Find out type of encrypted hard disk

say you get a random harddisk into your hands which is encrypted. is it possible just from the layout of the data to see what kind of encryption has been used? i.e. Bitlocker, Truecrypt, dcrypt?
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TrueCrypt dismount on Windows 8.1 keeps prompting: “volume contains files or folders being used by applications or system”

I have a volume mounted by TrueCrypt. All works fine, except when I try to dismount it (after verifying I don't have any application or explorer using anything in it). Every time I click the Dismount ...
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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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truecrypt container not syncing to google drive

I have a truecrypt container located in my Google drive. I mount the container, add a few files and then dismount it. However, the file won't sync as the timestamps remains the same. To prove that I'm ...
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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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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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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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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. 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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Mounting truecrypt system partition copied to USB drive

I'm rather baffled by this one. I am using Windows Vista and am running truecrypt version 6.2a system encryption with pre-boot authentication for the C: only. I have a D: which is not encrypted. ...
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Alternative to TrueCrypt?

TrueCrypt is distributed on a non-free license, and is therefore not included in the Fedora repos. What alternatives would you suggest?
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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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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 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 ...