Noob question about TrueCrypt

Discussion in 'privacy technology' started by AlexC, Dec 2, 2011.

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  1. AlexC

    AlexC Registered Member

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    I have to partitions in my HD, one for the OS (C:\) and other for data (D:\).

    If i use TrueCrypt to encrypt a folder in D:\ and if for some reason i need to format my C:\, how can i access to the folder i encrypted in D:\ ?

    Ps: what do you guys think about TrueCrypt? is reliable? i've read a good review about it in Gizmos freeware reviews.

    Thanks!:thumb:
     
  2. PaulyDefran

    PaulyDefran Registered Member

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    If you just create an encrypted container (file), it can be opened after you reinstall the OS and reinstall TC. Comtainers are portable.
     
  3. AlexC

    AlexC Registered Member

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    Well, i don't really know what a container is... i suppose is a backup file containing the encrypted key, that i can restore after reinstall TC? thanks

    Edit: I've found the Beginner's tutorial, better to take a read...:D
     
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  4. chiraldude

    chiraldude Registered Member

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    Please do read the Truecrypt documentation.
    Your odds of having problems with Truecrypt decrease dramatically if you understand how it works and what it is doing.
    At a minimum you must understand what a container is and how Truecrypt works with them.
     
  5. luciddream

    luciddream Registered Member

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    It has been for me. What I do is encrypt my entire system partition. I have a partition on my HD for just the OS and nothing else, and I encrypt that.

    Then I create a container for sensitive files, and mount/dismount it as needed. Throw anything in there you wouldn't want anyone else getting their hands/eyes on... passwords, activation keys for paid software, porn, ect... Make sure the originals are deleted, and wipe free space afterward with a program like CCleaner so it can't be cut back out.

    Use a strong password. Make it a catch phrase that you know well, and wouldn't forget. Capitalize the first letter and add a period at the end like a real sentence. Then stick some numbers in there at the end you wouldn't forget too, like a friends phone number. Make it at least 20 characters, as it tells you to, and preferably 32 if you can. Now you have a PW nobody will crack :)

    And yeah, read that tutorial for sure.
     
  6. AlexC

    AlexC Registered Member

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    Thanks for the tips luciddream :thumb:

    I've tried TC but i found SafeHouse Explorer easier to manage and adequate to my needs. Is free and works in XP, Vista, Windows 7, 32 or 64 bits.

    Here's a link for anyone who might be interested to try:
    http://www.safehousesoftware.com/SafeHouseExplorer.aspx
     
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