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Windows 7: Encryption help

20 Sep 2010   #1

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
Encryption help

Hi everyone,

I was thinking of encrypting my external 320GB HD but was not sure how it exactly works. I have some things on the HD already, what i want to do is encrypt everything that goes on my external HD. I have heard truecrypt is a good peace of software but im a bit of a noob when it comes to trying to use it and would be really grateful for some helpfull advice.

If i manage to get this done would it be worth while encrypting my entire desktop HD? its 500gb in size and in 4 partitions. If i was to encrypt this would it slow down performance at all as it has to decrypt files as and when i want them?

Hope you can help

many thanks


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20 Sep 2010   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Once encrypted it won't slow down performance as it only encrypts data when the HDD is idle, the initial encryption though can take hours depending on the amount of data that is being encrypted.

Truecrypt is good and free.

I will see if i can find a tutorial for you - just DONT forget your encryption password and it might be worth testing the encryption on another drive (such as small USB stick first) you don't want to mess the encryption up and not be able access all your files

Regards,
JDobbsy1987
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20 Sep 2010   #3

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

In my experience Truecrypt is pretty easy to use. Here are a couple of tuts to get you started.

Getting Started with TrueCrypt (to Secure Your Data) - How-To Geek

Protect private data with Truecrypt - Tutorial 1 - Installation

Fot the intenal hdd, you can also considering setting up different types of users, then restrict access to specific drives.
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20 Sep 2010   #4

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
In my experience Truecrypt is pretty easy to use. Here are a couple of tuts to get you started.

Getting Started with TrueCrypt (to Secure Your Data) - How-To Geek

Protect private data with Truecrypt - Tutorial 1 - Installation

Fot the intenal hdd, you can also considering setting up different types of users, then restrict access to specific drives.
Cheers very much for the tuts

Regards,
JDobbsy1987
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20 Sep 2010   #5

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Many thanks for the responce guys. I have red and watched the tuts linked, one thing im not to sure on tho. If i want to encrypt my entire external hd which is 320gb how big do i need to make the file container? will this also encrypt the items i already have on the hd?

thanks so much again
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20 Sep 2010   #6

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

I don't think you have to create a container, its been a while since i last did a pen drive but maybe this guide will help Encrypting an USB Drive with True Crypt

***Remember***
Test on another drive first (a drive that if messed up can be re-formatted without you losing any files).

**EDIT**
Read it word for word, i think some of the selections in the screenshots are different to what they actually tell you to select.
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20 Sep 2010   #7

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 

Hi there
Please remember that once encrypted not even the Holy Ghost (or any other agency earthly or spiritually) will be able to get access to your data if you lose your password.

These days I'm really not sure WHY you would need to encrypt data -- put all your private stuff on external drives so nobody has physical access to them -- that's a far better precaution than any amount of encryption -- no physical access -- no access period.

You can get nice small POCKET sized 1TB usb drives these days for a very small amount of money.

Cheers
jimbo
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20 Sep 2010   #8

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Just tried it on an old 2gb flash drive loads of stuff on it but nothing i need now anyway i selected the option to encrypt "a non partiton system drive" i see by default it selects the whole usb drive to format but i dont want to format the whole drive as i would lose everything on "my external hd the one i want to encrypt later". So im guessing if i want to do this i would have to take everything off the hd encrypt the whole 320gb then transfer everything back over?
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20 Sep 2010   #9

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

you can do it without copying the data off however this would be the more safe option with regards to loosing work.

At least if it goes wrong you still have the files
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20 Sep 2010   #10

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Hi there
Please remember that once encrypted not even the Holy Ghost (or any other agency earthly or spiritually) will be able to get access to your data if you lose your password.

These days I'm really not sure WHY you would need to encrypt data -- put all your private stuff on external drives so nobody has physical access to them -- that's a far better precaution than any amount of encryption -- no physical access -- no access period.

You can get nice small POCKET sized 1TB usb drives these days for a very small amount of money.

Cheers
jimbo
I still see the need for encryption especially with portable drives, its far too easy for these devices to fall into the wrong hands.

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