I work in a corporate environment and we are now required to encrypt laptops.

I have already encrypted about 5 or 6 out of 40.

I still have a few questions before we go all out with TrueCrypt.

Can I decrypt a hard drive by plugging it into my desktop using a data transfer kit? I tried this and the hard drive showed up asking me to format before using the volume.

If I have the TRD from each laptop backed up do I still need to backup the volume headers?

What else do I need to back up?


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    Did you read the FAQ at the truecrypt site?...truecrypt.org/faq – Moab Aug 29 '12 at 15:02
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    I will read over it more thoroughly. I think the FAQ indirectly answers the question but I would still like to know if anyone has had any hands on experience with this issue. – Blakeg08 Aug 29 '12 at 15:10
  • @Blakeg08 - You need to do the research before you come just asking for "hands on experiences" otherewise you will ask additional questions already answered by a FAQ. – Ramhound Aug 29 '12 at 15:26
  • Decrypt is very easy and quick to use. Just try it on a small thing. Like creating a virtual drive with a few pictures in it. I suggest using Truecrypt first as a test, as to say "decrypt a truecrypt drive pulled from another machine" doesn't make sense as far as I know (And I don't know much). What truecrypt does is it creates a virtual drive which it stores as a file. So you can't pull a virtual drive from a machine!!! Truecrypt is far less invasive than that! – barlop Aug 29 '12 at 15:29
  • @Moab I think he is under such a misconception about how truecrypt works, that the FAQ wouldn't address him. The FAQ does not address his misconception. – barlop Aug 29 '12 at 15:31

If you need to recover data off of a truecrypt encrypted hard drive do the following:

  • Step 1: plug in the hard drive to a computer with Truecrypt installed.
  • Step 2: Open Truecrypt and click "Select Device" in the box where it says "Volume".
  • Step 3: Select the partition that in encrypted and click "OK"
  • Step 4: Pick a drive letter from the list then click "Mount"
  • Step 5: After the password box pops up click "Mount options..." check "Mount volume as removable media" and "Mount partition using system encryption without pre-boot authentication" and click "OK".
  • Step 6: Enter the password and click "OK"
  • Step 7: Right click on the mounted device in the drive list and click "Open."

This should allow you to see the entire drive and copy over any data you may need.

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    " I still don't know how to decrypt a mounted drive. "- Your solution is doing EXACTLY that. – Ramhound Aug 30 '12 at 15:53

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