Accessing TrueCrypt Volume within RAW Drive

Discussion in 'encryption problems' started by Hannay, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. Hannay

    Hannay Registered Member

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    Windows 7 Home Pro / Truecrypt


    Would someone please check my logic ... I have been working through things and am now too close to it and think I am missing something very obvious!

    I have a 1TB ext drive. 400GB is a Truecrypt Volume, the rest is a second-backup location for some things in case there is a problem with my first-backup drive.

    The TrueCrypt Vol holds business documents/details/data going back over 20 years, and the 'Backups' portion plus two other portable drives contain Work, 1st-backups, and the selective 2nd-backups.

    I was moving the second-backups off the 1TB drive to a different location, leaving it as a business-info drive where I could then archive some things as well. It was simple bulk A-to-B transfer stuff.

    So afterward it should have been the same drive with just the TC Volume left on it. Instead however there was a window saying there was no file system, that it was a RAW drive, and it needed to be formatted.

    I felt however that Win 7 only thought it was RAW when actually it wasn't, and I reasoned that if there was no drive-letter Windows wouldn't prompt me to format and I could mount the Volume and go from there! But I couldn't check that out because with no drive letter Windows didn't see the drive so I couldn't point to it to mount it!

    To verify that the TC Volume was still there I used "icare Data Recovery Pro" which can see RAW data and easily found all the moved-off normal folders/files which it offered to recover.

    It also found a separate 400GB 'file' present which was the TC Volume with the correct dates, size etc., which I copied-off in order to mount it but all that happened was the "Incorrect password or not a TrueCrypt Volume" window appeared. But the password was fine, and the TC Volume is good copied direct off the drive it has been stored on!

    SO .....

    ... what am I missing please?

    I have the TC Volume clearly sitting on its drive inside a RAW fog - can I make Win 7 see it so I can mount it?

    Separately I also have the TC Volume on its own, but TC either doesn't recognise the correct password or it thinks it isn't a TC Volume. I'm sure there must be a way to get that mounted? I haven't yet tried the "check/restore volume header" option in TC, but after that I am out of ideas!

    If someone more expert and clear-headed than I am can point to what I am overlooking, or can suggest a way to mount/access the TC Volume whether on its original ext drive or just sitting on my desktop as a standalone file, I'd be massively grateful!

    Thanks so much.
     
  2. Hannay

    Hannay Registered Member

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    Just a quick follow-on this morning after some much overdue sleep!

    I misunderstood the "Restore Volume Header" option last night, so that's not relevant.

    I have just tried my final option to "use backup header embedded in volume if available", however no change - still the popup window stating "Incorrect password or not a TrueCrypt Volume" ... neither of which is the case.

    So now I am formally beyond my limit of experience and ability!

    Any observations or workarounds that could lead either to making the alleged RAW (suspected not) drive readable by Windows so I could mount the TC Volume there, or to an ability to mount the same TC Volume that I was able to extract/copy/recover from that drive using icare Data Recovery Pro, would be a total lifesaver.

    Thanks if you can contribute anything.
     
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