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Posted on Jun 22, 2016 in Data Privacy, Privacy Tutorials | 0 comments

VeraCrypt Tutorial 4 – How to use full disk encryption with VeraCrypt

Quick links:-
Tutorial 1 – Installation
Tutorial 2 – Creating encrypted volumes
Tutorial 3 – Using encrypted volumes
VeraCrypt homepage

The disk encryption software in VeraCrypt supports encryption of an entire Windows installation. This means that every file on your computer can be encrypted. Older versions of Truecrypt could not encrypt operating system files and folders, or the temporary files and folders Windows creates automatically as you work with your computer, such as the virtual memory paging file. Using full disk encryption means that your data is safe and sound no matter where it is stored on your computer. Furthermore, there is no longer any need to use file shredding utilities to clear files and folders from unencrypted areas of your hard drive, since there are no longer any unencrypted areas! In the past, products which offered this level of security were prohibitively expensive, but now everyone can benefit from the improved security of full hard drive encryption for free.

The following tutorial will show you how you can encrypt your entire hard drive, including your operating system files, using VeraCrypt. This tutorial is probably the most advanced concept we have covered to date on Having said that, we believe that the process is simple enough for most users to attempt, as long as they follow a few precautions beforehand.

Please exercise caution when following this tutorial!

Before beginning this tutorial, please make a FULL backup of your computers hard drive. We also recommend watching the video through once from start to finish, before attempting the procedure yourself.


Warning – Full disk encryption in VeraCrypt requires a PC using legacy BIOS startup, not UEFI. If you’re not sure what this means, consult an IT professional before proceeding.

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Additional notes

Windows Vista, 7 and 8 Users – While this tutorial was filmed using Windows 10, the procedure is almost identical under your operating systems.

Please note that this procedure only encrypts the hard drive that Windows is installed on. If you have another hard drive attached to your computer, this procedure will not encrypt the contents of that drive, even if it is installed inside your computer.

To create VeraCrypt rescue CDs for use with full disk encryption in Windows Vista, you can use InfraRecorder:-

InfraRecorder Tutorial 1 – Installation
InfraRecorder Tutorial 2 – Recording an ISO image

Or, Windows 7 and 8 and 10 users can use the Windows ISO recorder. VeraCrypt will launch this automatically during the encryption process.

Burning an ISO (CD or DVD) image in Windows 7

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