TrueCrypt - Making an Encrypted Volume

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TrueCrypt - Making an Encrypted Volume


How to make an Encrypted Volume

This is a file that actually resides on a drive. Any data inside of it is encrypted and can only be accessed by your password. To add data into this file, you will need to open and mount it with the TrueCrypt application.

 

Step 1: Launch TrueCrypt from your Applications folder. Click on the "Create Volume" button.

TrueCrypt Create button

 

 

Step 2: The TrueCrypt Volume Creation Wizard will appear. Make sure "Create an encrypted file container" is selected and then click on "Next".

TrueCrypt Volume Creation Wizard Window

 

 

Step 3: Choose "Standard TrueCrypt volume and click "Next".

 TrueCrypt - Select Volume Type

 

 

Step 4: Click on the "Select File..." button. Select the location where you want to store your encrypted file and select a name for it. Change the Format to "TrueCrypt". Click "Save" then "Next".

TrueCrypt - File Location

 

 

Step 5: Set the Encryption Algorithm to "AES" (Advanced Encryption Standard) and click on "Next".

TrueCrypt - AES Algorithm

 

 

Step 6: Enter the size of how much storage space you will need to store your encrypted data. This cannot be modified later. The recommended size to start with is 250MB. Do not go over 2,000MB or you will not be able to to store it on most external drives because of the way they are generally formatted (FAT). If you do need a larger space, you'll need to reformat your flash or external drive as NTFS or consider going with Full Disk Encryption

TrueCrypt-Volume Size

 

 

Step 7: Specify a password. It needs to be strong like your pirate password. For recommendations click here.

WARNING!!! YOU MUST NOT LOSE THIS PASSWORD. IF YOU DO ALL DATA IS LOST AND NOT RECOVERABLE.

 TrueCrypt-Pswd



Step 8: Set the Volume Format as "FAT". Click on "Next".

TrueCrypt-Format



Step 9: Move your mouse around the box for a few seconds and then click "Format".

TrueCrypt-Move

 

Step 10: Click "OK".

 

TrueCrypt Complete. Click OK

 

Step 11: Click on "Exit" or "Next" to create another encrypted file.

TrueCrypt-Next

 

Step 12: Open your file or use it on a portable device.

 

 

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