Share your knowledge at the LQ Wiki.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - General
User Name
Linux - General This Linux forum is for general Linux questions and discussion.
If it is Linux Related and doesn't seem to fit in any other forum then this is the place.


  Search this Thread
Old 07-12-2007, 02:54 AM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Jun 2007
Posts: 2

Rep: Reputation: 0
Multiboot Full Disk Encryption

Alright, here's my situation. I'm getting a laptop soon, and it's going to be dualbooted with either linux/vista or linux/xp (probably the former). I haven't used any form of full disk encryption before, so I'm rather new at this. Anyway, I'm not entirely sure of all the details yet, but most likely the partitioning will look something like this: Linux (ext2), Data (ext2), Windows (NTFS). All my important stuff (e.g. movies, music, work-related stuff) will be on the data partition, encryption of that is most critical, though I want the other partitions encrypted as well.

What I want is a way to more or less transparently access the linux and data partitions while in linux, and access the windows and data partitions while in windows (I'm aware I'll need to install windows support for ext2). I'd want access of the data partition to be quick/convenient from linux moreso than windows, since linux will be my primary OS. I'm rather undecided on the implementation of this. Any help/suggestions would be appreciated.
Old 07-12-2007, 08:37 PM   #2
Junior Hacker
Senior Member
Registered: Jan 2005
Location: North America
Distribution: Debian testing Mandriva Ubuntu
Posts: 2,687

Rep: Reputation: 61
You're more than likely going to need different encryption technologies in the two OS's. You should make your shared data partition ntfs and install ntfs-3g in Linux to read/write to it. Vista has it's own encryption technology called "bit defender" which is available with Vista Ultimate and Business editions I believe, I'm sure you can implement it in a lower end version of Vista also. Will Linux be able to access the data partition is another question. I don't think you'll find encryption software that will allow the two to access each other's file systems, that's the whole idea behind encryption, "security".


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
NAS + disk encryption Chris594 Linux - Networking 4 07-11-2006 12:31 PM
disk encryption ankscorek Linux - Security 5 05-03-2006 12:59 PM
disk stats not updating after deletion of file.. disk full joecool118 Linux - General 2 04-10-2006 12:23 PM
winxp,S OS 5.10 multiboot single disk labtop toshiba m70 122 flowerman Solaris / OpenSolaris 2 03-22-2006 02:14 AM
Help with multiboot of several linux distros on 1 hard disk Thomas Anderson Linux - Newbie 3 12-01-2004 04:36 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - General

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:08 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration