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    TrueCrypt

    I have three questions. I have a 4T external harddrive that is almost full. I want to secure it.

    1. Do you have to install TrueCyrpt first and then gradually fill it up OR can I install it and encrypt an already fill hd?

    2. What is the maximum it will encrypt?

    3. Is there an alternative?

    Thanks

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    TrueCrypt is no longer supported, so can no longer be regarded as being secure. Its successor is CipherShed. As yet, its not available. If you search Windows encryption, you will find several other comparable programs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calimanco View Post
    TrueCrypt is no longer supported, so can no longer be regarded as being secure.
    Not true. See this thread.
    http://windowssecrets.com/forums/sho...rnal-harddrive

    cheers, Paul

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    I know all about TrueCrypt however many many still use it. I'm not trying to hide national secrets so this security will be fine. That said, anyone care to answer my 3 questions?

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    I can answer number one, it can be used to encrypt existing data.
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    Quote Originally Posted by James S
    1. Do you have to install TrueCyrpt first and then gradually fill it up OR can I install it and encrypt an already fill hd?
    You can install it and encrypt an already nearly full non-system drive, e.g. your 4Tb external drive.
    truecrypt.png
    Click to enlarge

    Have a look at this article, in particular the options, for more info.

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    2. What is the maximum it will encrypt?
    According to this article on serverfault "the maximum allowed volume size is 1 Petabyte (1,048,576 GB)". (Should be enough for you. )

    Quote Originally Posted by James S
    3. Is there an alternative?
    Have you considered the use of Bitlocker?

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    Yes, Bitlocker. The NSA would be ever so grateful.

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    The downside to Truecrypt 7.1a (7.2 is a cruel read only hoax) is it is no longer supported. As such as bugs are found and hardware changes there are no updates. Therefor it will become progressively more decrepit over time.

    I suspect it is still the best free encryption app available at the moment. Unfortunately Phase II was delayed a year and so we won't know until a year from now if it was secure. Maybe not even then as I think the effort is woefully underfunded. It does form the code for some other free open source projects (google truecrypt fork) trying to fill the void.

    http://istruecryptauditedyet.com/

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    Thank you everyone for taking the time to respond to my questions, it is very much appreciated. I'd love to try Bitlocker but it isn't in Windows 7 Home Premium, only Ultimate and Enterprise editions.

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