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Old 12-03-2013, 11:41 AM   #1
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PC-BSD(FreeBSD) Truecrypt Alternative


I gave a test run of PC-BSD 9.1 on an old dvd disk I burnt awhile ago. It didn't work with my old computer but I kept it around anyways. It installed perfectly, well except that the disk was damaged and would only go so far. Anyways it did something that surprised me. Disk encryption on install. And there was nothing complex about it. That was the one thing I was really hoping for. It took me a long time to get use to
luks encryption and lvm with Linux, not the easy way. Geli and the way BSD partitions are will take some more time for me to get use to. The last time I tried it, well geli was not my friend/

Anyways. I am downloading the PC-BSD 10 iso and will be installing it. The one thing I know will be an issue is Truecrypt. I have a backup/media/documents/etc 1TB drive encrypted with Truecrypt. I know that Truecrypt doesn't have anything for PC-BSD or any *BSD. Does anyone know if there is an alternative program I could use to at least decrypt that truecrypt backup drive of mine? Something that is good and won't cause any damage.

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Old 12-03-2013, 11:50 AM   #2
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FreeBSD/PCBSD has a Linux compatibility layer, have you tried to use Truecrypt with that?
 
Old 12-03-2013, 11:54 AM   #3
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FreeBSD/PCBSD has a Linux compatibility layer, have you tried to use Truecrypt with that?
I have not tried to use any *BSD in a long time and even than it was only a brief day or two test. Thanks for the info. I can give the Linux compatibility layer a try once I get everything installed.
 
Old 12-03-2013, 02:22 PM   #4
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Everything installed fine. Except I misunderstood exactley how the encryption worked. It uses PEFS now and from what I understand it only encrypts the user home directory and you can't change the password after you create one. Good thing, out of habit, create very long or really long passwords. Now I am going to see what I can do about accessing the truecrypt volume.
 
Old 12-04-2013, 02:11 PM   #5
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I can't believe it is so difficult getting encryption to work with both Linux and BSD. I, sadly, had an easier time with Linux and MS Windows. I am going to wait on PC-BSD and just focus on Linux for now. I will keep looking around for encryption that works well with my hard drives on both Linux and PC-BSD and give it a try in the future. I am going to mark this thread as solved since I won't be using PC-BSD for a little while.
 
  


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