Can't get rid of Truecrypt Bootloader on reformated disk

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  1. bigshow

    bigshow Registered Member

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    I recently did a full disk encryption of a 2tb drive. I shut down a usual and when I restarted I had a win 7 boot failure, ie would not boot. I had everything backed-up so I opted to format the drive and start over, but now all I get is the Truecrypt Boot loader and it says no boot drive found. I figure I needed to delete the Truecrypt partition but have tried multiple programs like mini partition and this bootloader still exists, either on the reformatted drive or in the bios. I am not techie enough to know the difference. Right now the computer has the drive installed and powered up and the screen is black with Truecrypt Boot Loader &.1a. then below it says Keyboard controls: (esc) Skip Authentication (Boot Manager)

    and below: Erroe: No bootable partition found

    There is a win 7 disk in the cd/dvd bay and I did have a Truecrypt boot back up on a ssd but it was not recognized.

    Any suggestions on what I need to do?

    Thanks in advance

    Bigshow
     
  2. Palancar

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    Easy fix. The MBR is where the TC bootloader resides. Since you have formatted the drive now you need to rebuild the MBR on the drive. You can do that very easily with any free partitioning tool. Partition Wizard (free tool) is a great one. Use the re-build MBR (master boot record), which takes 2 seconds and you will be good to go.

    It might be easier for you if you still have the TC rescue disk. Just insert the disk and from the options elect to restore the original bootloader, not the TC bootloader which is also on the rescue disk. There is NO danger and you can redo the entire disk in seconds with any partitioning tool if you make a mistake.

    This is the easiest thing in the world and is very safe to do. If you "screw up" just redo it. No harm because you are not protecting data at this point on a blank/formatted drive.
     
  3. bigshow

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    Re-build the Master Boot Record. Ta Da, now I know what that is and it's function. Thanks for the quick response. This is a great site and there is an amazing amount of knowledge here. I look forward to visiting often from now on... Mucha Gracias a todo!
     
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    Totally worked!!! I am back in business. Thanks again for sharing the knowledge! BTW, I think I'll be staying away from FDE for now until I learn some more about it! Especially bitlocker, to bad about tC...

    Cheers
     
  5. Palancar

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    TC is still going strong. I have many machines using it and I'll hedge my bets with it until someone shows me a reason not to. I have studied the code and its solid.
     
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    I came across this post by chance and it will be very usefull for me because on another PC, I use DiskCryptor. I've planned to change to Truecrypt but after uncrypting my OS, the DiskCryptor bootloader stay and password is incorrect. BTW, for other people that want a more secure Truecrypt for Bruteforcing, Veracrypt exist (https://veracrypt.codeplex.com/) it's a clone but they use more iterations to prevent attacks
     
  7. Palancar

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    You are of course entitled to your opinion, but I will be staying with TrueCrypt. Its code and "stamina" have been time tested. Without stretching the truth at all, I know there are hundreds of hard drives sitting in evidence rooms that cannot be opened. The three letter agencies have thrown everything under the sun at it and it literally has them dead in the water. These are VERY high profile multi-national cases too!

    If that ever changes I will too, but not until then.
     
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