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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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How to repair a corrupted partition table of a Bitlocker encrypted disk? [duplicate]

Assuming a disk was full-disk encrypted using Bitlocker and the partition table is corrupted or entirely missing. Is it possible in any way to recover from this, and if so how? Given that the original ...
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How to properly determine if an Bitlocker encrypted disk has a corrupted partition table? [duplicate]

Background: A Bitlocker encrypted hard disk (5TB WD Elements HDD USB) was accidentally wiped partially using the wiping tool Eraser Classic Portable (using the US DoD 7 passes method). The wiping ...
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How to identify a GUID of a corrupted Bitlocker disk in order to find the corresponding Bitlocker recovery key?

I have a situation where I have access to a huge list of Bitlocker recovery keys but only the combination of the identifier (GUID) and recovery key are available. However the disk in question is ...
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Booting a LUKS-encrypted drive with a flash drive, falling back to keyboard

I have some systems configured using GRUB as my bootloader, with an unencrypted boot partition and everything else using LVM-on-LUKS. Right now, the only way to unlock the system is for me to ...
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Is it possible to partition a drive that has Bitlocker encryption on Windows 11 Pro? [duplicate]

I'm currently using Bitlocker encrypted SSD. And system is on it. It's single partition and the entire disk is encrypted. I'd like to split the single partition into two partitions while enabling ...
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Suspending Bitlocker protection: how is the clear key "erased" afterwards?

According to the Bitlocker FAQs: Suspend keeps the data encrypted but encrypts the BitLocker volume master key with a clear key. The clear key is a cryptographic key stored unencrypted and ...
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Access encrypted folder from non-booting Windows 10 installation

I have a folder of keys from a Windows 10 laptop where the OS is no longer bootable. In the recovery console, even after logging into the system with the correct username/password, the folder returns '...
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SSD hardware encryption TCG/OPAL - desktop motherboard in 2024

I have Samsung 980 PRO SSD which is advertised to support full drive encryption options like: AES 256-bit Encryption (Class 0), TCG/Opal,IEEE1667 (Encrypted drive) It's not a single case, this days a ...
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Oracle Virtual Box Linux VM : virtual size vs actual size

I've just installed a fresh Kali version on Oracle Virtual Box. To do so, I created a VM with 250Gb disk space, then ran the .iso : hence, the .vdi file size is 250Gb. But when logged in, when I try - ...
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Is it possible to enable BIOS disk password and OS suspend at the same time?

I am currently on Lenovo ThinkBook 14+ ARA. I found the BIOS offers disk lock method (Master/User Key). After setting the two keys, it is needed to enter one of them to unlock my disks when POST. ...
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Reset password of an unlocked LUKS encrypted drive

I have a machine running Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS, with an encrypted drive using LUKS encryption. The machine is running and the drive is unlocked. However, I forgot the passphrase to the drive. I tried ...
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How to decrypt files when copying from an encrypted Linux drive (FDE) to external USB drive (NTFS), using Pop!_OS? [duplicate]

Title says it all. Running full-disk encryption on my Pop!_OS laptop. I want to quickly and seamlessly backup and store files to an unencrypted NTFS USB drive, for sharing on other systems. Put ...
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What are effective ways to encrypt a USB drive on Windows

I'm re-asking this question because the existing question is 9 years old and I assume there's been improvement since then. I have a portable USB drive and if I lose it I don't want someone else then ...
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`cryptsetup open` fails with correct passphrase - "No key available with this passphrase."

I recently ran (essentially) rm -rf / --no-preserve-root on my LUKS encrypted BTRFS root filesystem. I'm trying to mount the drive from an endeavouros (arch) liveusb, without success. I created a ...
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Prevent disk read/write access between 2 operating systems

I would like to isolate disks between 2 operating systems. I hope im posting on the correct stackexchange :) Setup: 1x 2.5 SATA drive with work OS - im not in control of the settings in this OS 1x 2....
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Windows 10 boot disk decryption

I have a windows machine that no longer boots. I receive a All boot options are tried. Press <F4> key to recover with factory image using Recovery or any other keys for next boot loop iteration ...
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How can Windows 11 boot with Device Encryption enabled? On e.g. Ubuntu, you won't see a login screen until having logged in

I'm coming from using Ubuntu primarily for years, and now have to use Windows 11 Pro. I have a machine with TPM 2.0, so Microsoft's website/Windows 11 tells me that now the device (disk, I hope?!) is ...
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Home folder has been transformed into an encrypted file

Hi I have a weird problem, I've never seen before. I'm running Linux Mint 20.1. While running a live USB to try to fix a problem with file permissions on my root folder someone suggested I run > ...
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What software should I use to encrypt my storage drives with what configurations given encryption always fails?

I suspect that my use-case is NOT that unique. I have a PC with 1 NVMe SSD and two SATA SSDs. Each drive has Windows 10 installed on it. I need each drive to be encrypted. I have tried both Veracrypt ...
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Full disk encryption: remotely enter password (Veracrypt or other solutions)

my computer's OS drive is fully encrypted with Veracrypt's system encryption: https://veracrypt.eu/en/System%20Encryption.html Is there a way to remotely enter the password in the pre-boot ...
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Is it bitlocker secure? [closed]

I was thinking in the possibility to use bitlocker to secure the data of a drive in my computer. But if I am not wrong, to encrypt the data, it is used a key that belongs to the user, so to can access ...
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If a recovery key is present in Microsoft account, does that mean that the Device Encryption was turned on?

I lost a Windows 11 Home laptop. I was logging in with my Microsoft account. I don't know if the Device Encryption was on. I can see that there is a recovery key in my account for this computer. Does ...
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LUKS2 master passphrase in kernel keyring: Token unusable error

I'm trying to follow the documentation on how to pass a key to LUKSv2 via the kernel key ring: https://fossies.org/linux/cryptsetup/docs/Keyring.txt This does not work for me at all: # dd if=/dev/zero ...
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How to reassign previous Bitlocker encryption to new system disk

My previous PC had 2 disks and both were Bitlocker encrypted with password. I remember vaguely that I could configure it in a way that the second disk will be unlocked when the first disk got unlocked ...
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Error unlocking encrypted device - Failed to activate device: File exists

I'm having problems unlocking an encrypted hard drive that has been working previously for well over a year. I'm sure the password is correct. I found one post with a similar issue: LUKS encrypted ...
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BitLocker I know my Password but not the recovery key

Yesterday I turned of my long life running Windows machine that uses Bitlocker for years. In the shutdown sequence, Windows installed updates. Today I started my machine, and as usual, I enter the ...
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When using VeraCrypt, which is preferable, the passphrase generated by Diceware or the key file?

I have important files stored in a VeraCrypt container. The files in the container must never be seen. In the unlikely event that they are seized by the secret police, which is stronger, the ...
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PGP disk passphrase not recognized

I have an external drive fully encrypted with Symantec encryption desktop software using a pgp key. It has been done 15 years ago. Today I try to access the disk, but it's not working. It doesn't ...
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How to access Windows 10 partially encrypted BitLocker drive in Windows 7 or Linux?

On my Windows 10 second PC I have an additional SSD which was encrypted by default with Bitlocker using no password or secure key. Because that PC started to show some other hardware problems I tried ...
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ThinkPad P15 with hard drive encryption and docking station with external monitors : startup password prompt does not appear on external monitors

I have a Lenovo ThinkPad P15 connected to a USB-C docking station, itself connected to two monitors. I do not want to use the laptop's monitor (compared to the other monitors, it is too small and its ...
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I have formated encrypted disk to install new is and now it's not being recognized

I was a long time Ubuntu user but decided to use that laptop for gaming. So i wanted to install Windows back. I had encrypted main boot Ubuntu drive,and when I formated it, it's no longer being ...
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Safely re-size existing BitLocker-encrypted partition without decrypting first

I would like to know if it's possible to safely re-size a BitLockered partition without having to decrypt the whole drive. Can I extend the existing partition and, obviously, not revealing encrypted ...
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How to install Debian on an encrypted lvm located on RAID using Intel Rapid Storage Technology?

I was preparing the PC-based NAS system. The system uses 4 HDs in RAID 5 configuration. I wanted the system to boot also from RAID, so I have selected a motherboard supporting the Intel Rapid Storage ...
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Enabling Bitlocker Hardware Encryption with Windows 10 Pro & Samsung 980 Pro

I've spent countless hours trying to enable hardware encryption when turning on Bitlocker on my Windows 10 Pro operating system drive: A Samsung 980 Pro. I've read everything I can find on the ...
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VeraCrypt dualboot 2x Windows 11 on the same disk

I have Laptop with an SSD where I have created 2 partitions and installed Windows 11 Home on both of them. One of the partitions is already encrypted with VeraCrypt and I can easily boot both systems ...
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How can I have two windows installs on separate drives and make sure one Windows install is not able to access files on the other drive?

I am wanting to have two Windows 10 installs on a single machine, either on separate partitions or even separate physical drives. I have not used self-encrypting drives before, so I am not sure if ...
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Is there any way to get the BitLocker password from the laptop?

I have a personal hard disk of 1TB with lot of data. I connected it to my office laptop and the drive got bitlocked automatically within a second. I talk to the office administrators and we ran the ...
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Auto reboot of a Luks Container

I have tried autobooting a luks container on Ubuntu Server (20.04) with a keyfile and a keyscript. My '/etc/crypttab' entry for both options are as follows. Keyfile: dm_crypt-0 /dev/sda3 /root/...
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Peppermint OS boot failure because of disk encryption

I'll start off by saying that I had found a temporary fix but need a permanent one, which I don't have sufficient expertise to do it. My temporary fix is just a lucky guess that worked the first try, ...
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Migrate LUKS encrypted Linux Mint and Bitlocker encrypted Windows to *same* disk

It's been a while since I installed my LUKS encrypted Linux Mint 19 on a M.2 SSD drive and Windows 10 with BitLocker encryption on a separate SATA SSD drive. I used them in dual-boot mode with GRUB ...
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What happens if Veracrypt encrypted USB device is pulled out without dismounting?

Suppose you have a USB device (e.g. pen drive) that is entirely encrypted using Veracrypt (the "Encrypt a non-system partition/drive" option in Veracrypt). If this device is pulled out ...
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Cannot turn on Bitlocker on 1 SSD drive, can turn on on 2 other drives of the same laptop

I want to turn on Bitlocker on a Laptop. Windows 10 LTSC 2018, Core I7, 32 GB RAM, DELL 7540, 2 NVMA SSD + 1 2.5" 2TB SSD. I can turn on Bitlocker on both NVME (one OS and one data drive) but not ...
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difference between passphrase and key file in LUKS

I'm trying to understand with no success the difference between a passphrase and a key file in LUKS. At first I thought they were the same thing, with the difference of a key file being a passphrase ...
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SD card OS work environment useable on many machines

I am looking for a way set up an Windows 10 on an SD card, that I could use with different machines. How I would like that to work: SD card and all the data is securely encrypted I plug it into a ...
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Debian/testing Linux on an encrypted LVM - filesystem intensive operations cause system to freeze and crash system-journald service

I use Debian/testing Linux on my multiple machines. For security reasons, I always install it on an encrypted LVM. Typically I use the ext4 filesystems with size 1TB to 3TB. Unfortunately, it creates ...
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How to setup disk encryption + periodic backup (SSD -> HDD -> Cloud) on a dual-boot environment?

super users! I have this Dell laptop with 1TB SSD (half Windows 10 and half Ubuntu 21.04), GPT partitions and EFI boot. I also have a 1TB HDD installed on the laptop that I intend to use only to ...
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Is "cryptsetup" needed when changing files "crypttab" and "fstab" manually?

I'm setting up a new Linux host and want to have an encrypted SWAP partition. The file /etc/crypttab was missing, so I installed the package cryptsetup, which created that. Afterwards I simply edited ...
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Can't mount LUKS encrypted drive

Note: Cross-posted I have a LUKS encrypted disk that I can unlock, but not mount: $ sudo cryptsetup luksOpen /dev/sdb1 disk4tb # enter key $ sudo mkdir /mnt/disk4tb $ sudo mount /dev/mapper/disk4tb /...
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ZFS beginner questions. Activating passkey, etc

I am on a journey of migrating a Windows/NTFS backup to Ubuntu and natively encrypted ZFS. As a Windows veteran with zero Linux experience, most guides seem like Greek to me. Successful progress yet: ...
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Windows 10 disk encryption [duplicate]

I have a Windows 10 Home, which as I understood from online tutorials does not support windows built in encryption tools like Bitlocker. Moreover, it seems that may device does not support encryption ...
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