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Ok i decrypted the hard drive now but i still get asked to enter the truecrypt password i can hit enter now how can i remove that ?
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Ok i decrypted the hard drive now but i still get asked to enter the truecrypt password i can hit enter now how can i remove that ?

When you say password, as in a boot password? As in before you can load windows you have to enter a password?
 
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When the pc starts i press escape and chose to boot from cd. After that i get asked to enter my password here i can skip that with escape now that i decrypted the drive. But after that i can not chose to boot from cd anymore and then the pc just boots from the internal hard drive
post #14 of 23
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Any idea how i can remove the truecrypt bootloader? I lost the rescue disk.
post #15 of 23
Ok so -

There are 3 options available to you -

1. Start up repair - you can try this but I have my doubts it will work (worth a shot though)
2. If you have another windows computer you can borrow/use, take out your decrypted drive, put it in the other computer (DO NOT BOOT FROM YOUR DECRYPTED DRIVE, BOOT FROM THE COMPUTERS NATIVE DRIVE), and then use that machine to delete the partitions on your old decrypted, once the partition is deleted, reformat the drive on the host machine, then plug the newly reformated drive BACK into your machine and boot from CD. (Ive never tried deleting a TruCrypt Partition via this method, so its very theoretical)
3. If another windows machine is completely out of the question, you are only left with using a Linux Live Boot Image on USB. You will need to download a Linux Live Image, put it onto USB, boot via the USB, and use the use 'dd' to nuke the boot sector of the drive. This will definitely work but it is dependent on your skills with linux and your confidence. It is very very similar to Option no 2 I listed, but just using Linux, same principle though. Ubuntu, Fedora, Mint and Suse are to name but a few distros you can use.
Keep in mind, the image needs to be a Live Boot Image not a installation image.

But unfortunately I dont see many other options Im afraid. Encrypting is a real pain, and is often given a wide birth and only used for very certain circumstances.

Instructions on how to create an Ubuntu Bootable USB - http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/create-a-usb-stick-on-windows
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cant i just uninsall truecrypt in windows 7 ?
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Ok so -
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cant i just uninsall truecrypt in windows 7 ?

I dont think you can, not without potentially breaking Windows? I believe TrueCrypt has over written Windows Boot Manager.
And I dont think uninstalling TrueCrypt removes the boot manager.
 
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It is getting worse now it does not even make it to windows anymore. I would love to use my pc again any idea?
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Its what happens when you uninstall TrueCrypt
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I dont think you can, not without potentially breaking Windows? I believe TrueCrypt has over written Windows Boot Manager.
And I dont think uninstalling TrueCrypt removes the boot manager.

I have given you your options:

1. Start up repair - you can try this but I have my doubts it will work (worth a shot though)
2. If you have another windows computer you can borrow/use, take out your decrypted drive, put it in the other computer (DO NOT BOOT FROM YOUR DECRYPTED DRIVE, BOOT FROM THE COMPUTERS NATIVE DRIVE), and then use that machine to delete the partitions on your old decrypted, once the partition is deleted, reformat the drive on the host machine, then plug the newly reformated drive BACK into your machine and boot from CD. (Ive never tried deleting a TruCrypt Partition via this method, so its very theoretical)
3. If another windows machine is completely out of the question, you are only left with using a Linux Live Boot Image on USB. You will need to download a Linux Live Image, put it onto USB, boot via the USB, and use the use 'dd' to nuke the boot sector of the drive. This will definitely work but it is dependent on your skills with linux and your confidence. It is very very similar to Option no 2 I listed, but just using Linux, same principle though. Ubuntu, Fedora, Mint and Suse are to name but a few distros you can use.
Keep in mind, the image needs to be a Live Boot Image not a installation image.



Try putting in your windows CD to allow windows to recover its Boot manager.
But you wont get anywhere without plugging in your HDD and deleting the partition either via another computer or via Linux Bootable USB
 
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I made a windows 7 boot usb stick an put the hard drive into an other laptop and it worked. The cd i used before was not faulty because my friend used it the other day to format. I could only boot from usb stick. Thank you for your help.
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