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It seems posting on the official TrueCrypt forums is a bit of a pain.

Wondering if there are any experienced TrueCrypt users who can help me with a few questions.

I have a 1tb external HDD. This is what needs to be done:
a). The whole drive needs to be encrypted (yes, the drive will be 'full' of stuff).
b). It needs to be possible to plug in the drive to another computer that does not have TrueCrypt installed (but where I do have admin access), and be able to access the drive content.

Firstly, I have a problem. I used a 1tb HDD as a test HDD and got truecrypt to start encrypting it. The problem is, this HDD actually has data on it (about 700gb of it), and I selected the option to "Encrypt partition in place". TrueCrypt tells me it will take 45 hours... Is there any way to cancel this?
Like I don't care if I lose all the data on this HDD. I just need to cancel the 45 hour long process and re-format the HDD from scratch.

I just don't want this HDD to be "stuck" in a 45 hour long process because TrueCrypt doesn't seem to want to let go of the HDD.

Now a few other questions:
1. There seems to be an option to encrypt the whole drive. Or have a single volume the size of the drive and encrypt that. In practice what's the difference?
2. I was thinking - for my 1tb harddrive that shows up as 931gb, that I should create a volume that is 930gb, encrypt that and put all my data on there. Then use the remaining 1gb as a separate (non-encrypted) volume for the non-encrypted TrueCrypt program files so TrueCrypt can be ran immediately when this HDD is plugged into a computer (that does not have TrueCrypt installed)?
Is this the kind of thing I should be doing? If so how do I actually do it? Should I use TrueCrypt's volume creation thing to create the 930gb encrypted volume. Then use Tools --> Create Traveller Disc to put the TrueCrypt portable stuff onto the HD?

Well the big problem is that my test drive is stuck in a 45 encryption process that I can't cancel, which makes it hard to experiment and figure things out. Although if anyone can answer my other two questions too that would be much appreciated.
post #2 of 4
I can answer #1- an entire encrypted drive or partition is said to have much better performance (as in speed) than a encrypted volume in an unencrypted partition. I would reccomend an encrypted partition.

Also, as you saw, encrypting a blank partition or telling it to destroy the data is easiest- and also more secure.


Sorry, but that is all I have at the moment, as I am not at a computer but am using my phone.. good luck!
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PS- sorry for the double post but I cannot seem to be able to edit on my phone..

#2- yes, you have the right idea. I personally would set up the partitions the normal way in a different program prior to using truecrypt, so I cannot comment on your method.. but having a small unencrypted partition is a good- but very low security if you want any sembalance of plausable deniability- idea. Of course you could always mess around with hidden partitions.. see the truecrypt documentation on that.

I have just started experimenting with encryption myself. Good luck!
post #4 of 4
You want to create a traveler disk. In the TrueCrypt FAQ "How can I use TrueCrypt on a USB flash drive?" leads to Docs - Portable. This is a RTFM situation, man!
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