Installing TrueCrypt on Triple Boot PC -- Win 7 64-bit/XP Pro/Mac Snow Leopard

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  1. george75

    george75 Registered Member

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    Hi guys!

    Need some help with installing TrueCrypt on a triple boot. The computer is a new Toshiba. The base O/S is Win 7. A friend is setting it up. He wants to install a triple-boot: native Win 7 upgraded to Ultimate, Mac Snow Leopard (10.6) and XP Pro. Evidently there's a trick which requires that the boot loader be the Mac one. Now I fully believe that the guy knows what he's doing. However, he has no experience with TrueCrypt.

    Questions:

    1. How is TrueCrypt going to work with this, especially given that the boot loader is going to be Mac's?

    2. Are there any special considerations in encrypting the System partition? From what I understand TrueCrypt will on its own only encrypt one system partition--let's say Win 7. (It won't encrypt Snow Leopard under any circumstances; I mean, in preference to making XP the main O/S). I'm worried about how TrueCrypt's requirements for handling MBR and track 0 are going to interact with the particular triple-boot set up with the Mac boot loader.

    Thanks very much.

    George75
     
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  3. george75

    george75 Registered Member

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    Thanks Hugsy, but the article while useful is an introductory-level tutorial on doing a whole disk encryption. My problem is that although I've done a full disk encryption including system partition on my present computer, I have no experience encrypting such an exotic set-up as the triple boot Win 7 - Mac Snow Leopard - Win XP that is being prepared for me. I was interested in how the experts would encrypt such an exotic set-up using TrueCrypt.

    George
     
  4. hugsy

    hugsy Registered Member

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    in my opinion if you have the rescue disk ready, and something goes wrong, that cd should help you out to get back to the start, at least so it said in the tutorial:)
    to go 100% sure, backup important files, or make an image of entire disk, and if it "goes south" you can format the drive and restore all form the image.
    So much from my "wisdom" :) :)
     
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