Windows 7 Ultimate BitLocker question

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  1. DCM

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    I have not bought Windows 7 yet but tried the beta version. I had a problem with it but am not worried about the commercial version soon to be released.

    I am inclined to buy Windows 7 Ultimate in order to get the Bitlocker feature because I have two internal hard drives and 7 external drives that are used for different backups.

    The external drives were created using enclosures that I got for sales tax and shipping only after rebates and they house many of my old drives that were no longer being used.

    My question is whether or not I would have to enter passwords for the main system plus 7 more passwords in order to use those drives? Anyone have any experience with this yet?

    Thanks
     
  2. Creer

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    Just a note, you don't have to spend extra money on Ultimate edition because you need only BitLocker feature. There is briliant free replacement of this tool, called TrueCrypt:
    http://www.truecrypt.org/
     
  3. mantra

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    but does it encrypt the whole hardisk ?
    i maen from the first sector to the last?
    i did not find in the guide :(
     
  4. Creer

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    I've found these informations:
    http://forums.truecrypt.org/viewtopic.php?t=16966&postdays=0&postorder=asc

    and

    http://forums.truecrypt.org/viewtopic.php?t=17667
     
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  6. mantra

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    You are welcome.
    I haven't encrypted my hard disk so far, I use TrueCrypt only for my removable drive, also I don't have ATI on the board so I can't answer you on this question.
    I suggest you to ask about this on the official TC community forum:
    http://forums.truecrypt.org
     
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    Thanks for all the replies. I will save the money and not buy the Ultimate version.

    Bitlocker was the main reason that I thought I might want it and now see that True Crypt should be an adequate or maybe even better replacement.
     
  9. mantra

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    thanks
    i will look for some information in the forum

    but if i may , did you try to encrypt a usb key ?
    does it (the usb key encrypted ) work on a different pc without truecrypt installed?
    i mean does truecrypt add a exe in the usb so i can use in a pc without installed truecrypt
     
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    You are welcome, yes indeed TC is a very powerful tool.
     
  11. Creer

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    I use Portable mode in TrueCrypt,
    more about it:
    http://www.truecrypt.org/docs/truecrypt-portable
     
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    TrueCrypt can only run in portable mode if you have admin-rights or
    a admin has installed it for all users . TC needs to load a driver, a task non-admins are not allowed to perform .
    If you encounter a public computer where you (and everybody else) have admin-rights you shouldn't trust it and shouldn't mount encrypted volumes on it .

    EDIT : Strictly speaking you shouldn't trust public computers at all, admin-rights or not .
     
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  13. mantra

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    thanks
    i mean if i encrypt a usb key , can i use in my friend pc without TC installed?


    may i ask a question ?
    if i encrypt my hard disk with xp or vista , is fast to de-crypt ?
    i mean after i did encrypt whole hard disk , will xp fast ? or does TC slow down the pc , like photoshop or office?
     
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