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vayira 07-16-2010 11:44 AM

encrypting external drive - truecrypt or easycrypt?
 
I'm using ubuntu 9.10 & I'd like to encrypt an external hard drive.

I'd prefer to install from the repositories if possible & I notice that easycrypt is on the ubuntu repository & that it is supposed to be a GUI for truecrypt.

Does anyone have any experience of using either of them with 9.10?

Thanks for any suggestions you could give.

Keith Hedger 07-16-2010 12:29 PM

I used truecrypt a couple of years ago and whilst playing about with it accidentally encrypted a nearly full 500G drive and didn't make a note of the password, couldn't retrieve my data.
So unless you really do need to encrypt a whole drive I would tend to go for folder encryption or virtual drives, either way be VERY careful!

vayira 07-17-2010 08:59 AM

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Originally Posted by Keith Hedger (Post 4035533)
I used truecrypt a couple of years ago and whilst playing about with it accidentally encrypted a nearly full 500G drive and didn't make a note of the password, couldn't retrieve my data.
So unless you really do need to encrypt a whole drive I would tend to go for folder encryption or virtual drives, either way be VERY careful!

Obviously.

This is an old 30G drive I want to use for travelling & I want to encrypt in case of loss or theft. I'd have at least 2 unencrypted copies available at home. I'm very particular about backups.

I'm just wondering what is the easiest way to get encrypting on an external HD up & running on ubuntu, preferably from repositories.


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