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Windows 7: How to clone a Truecrypt volume

10 Dec 2019   #1
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Windows 7 Ultimate x64
How to clone a Truecrypt volume

I use Truecrypt for all my computers, clones and thumb drives. Yes, there are some flaws, but I have mitigations in place for that especially the Evil Maid hack. It's just that I followed the audit closely and watched the hour long DEFCON presentation from the audit team on YouTube and despite some sloppy code there were no back doors, etc. Also, I have read an article years ago that the FBI couldn't even get into someone's Truecrypt encrypted computer. So that's good to hear. If Veracrypt also get audited I'll migrate to that and only use the version that was audited. But I've read Veracrypt is slower.

At any rate. I just wanted to report my findings on how to encrypt a Truecrypt encrypted hard drive and this will probably work with Veracrypt, Ciphershed or Bitlocker.

I bought a 500 GB Crucial SSD upgrade to replace my 275 GB Crucial SSD. I was pulling my hair out trying to make a 1:1 clone of this damn thing as nothing would work. At first I thought I could use AOMEI Backupper and clone in real time and just repair the boot loader on boot. NOPE! That didn't work. So I created an AOMEI boot CD and that too didn't work. I did use sector by sector. Then I tried an O&O Diskimage boot CD and that was a cluster in a half. The legal verbiage that is presented to you at first boot is cut off when you scroll down so I couldn't see an agree or continue button. What did work was my Parted Magic boot CD with Clonezilla. That uses Linux's DD clone what ever that is and I was able to make a 1:1 clone. The only thing I had to do once I rebooted the computer was extend the partition in Windows Disk Management since the cloned partition was only about 240 GB.

So if you're wanting to know how to clone an encrypted HDD, use Clonezilla. Since Clonezilla is a Linux program, I'd just get Parted Magic which has Clonezilla on it, and Parted Magic is great for all kinds of hard drive tasks, plus Parted Magic is what you want to use to securely wipe an SSD. You don't want to run something like DBAN on an SSD because it will create thousands of writes and lessen the lifespan of the SSD.

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