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TheStupid 08-28-2007 11:10 PM

Is there a whole disk encryption software for Linux?
I am planning to install Linux on my laptop, but I am not comfortable of running my laptop without a disk encryption software such as PC Guardians. currently i am using CompuSec, but it won't work in Linux.

In case you wonder what i have on my disk, mostly me and gf and stuff. *smile.

brianmcgee 08-29-2007 01:09 AM

Have a look at [1]. Works like a charm. Some distributions even bring along their own means of disk encryption.

If you need a portable encryption that you can use both in Linux and in Windows you should have a look at [2].


jschiwal 08-29-2007 01:33 AM

The last July Issue of Linux Gazette had two articles on encryption. I think it would be better to just encrypt your /home partition.

fotoguy 08-29-2007 03:14 AM

If your kernel supports it, I had to recompile my own, you can use AES-loop encryption. I haven't used the other forms of encryption so I couldn't say how well they work, but I made a script for my live cd that would encrypt the swap, root and home partitions and create an decryption boot disc.

AES-loop encryption seemed to run quite well and I couldn't notice any real performance issuies with it

nx5000 08-29-2007 04:38 AM

Or dm-crypt and it looks like there is a software for reading it from windows but haven't tried it.
I'm using dm-crypt since maybe 2 years, never had a problem. Half of my disk is encrypted, all my personnal datas go there. Performance can be an issue but I haven't really benchmarked it.

TheStupid 09-01-2007 05:33 PM

Disk encryption software
Does anybody know a disk encryption software that I can use in both Linux and Windows?

The TrueCrypt does not work because it does not encrypt a whole disk or the boot partition.

DrK 09-01-2007 05:50 PM

Why do you want to encrypt your boot partition?

TheStupid 09-01-2007 06:11 PM

because Windows keep admin password in the boot partition.


Originally Posted by DrK (Post 2878141)
Why do you want to encrypt your boot partition?

AwesomeMachine 09-02-2007 04:13 PM

PGP would do it.

TheStupid 09-02-2007 10:56 PM

PGP is not free.

reddazz 09-03-2007 02:24 AM

I've merged two similar threads.

nx5000 09-03-2007 03:42 AM


Originally Posted by TheStupid (Post 2878151)
because Windows keep admin password in the boot partition.

Remove windows?

almatic 09-03-2007 08:03 AM

You could try compusec ( However, I have never used it myself (neither windows nor Linux) so I can't say much to it. It used to have the reputation of being pretty unreliable.

In Linux I'd really recommend to use dm_crypt for disk encryption.

Edit: Oh, in case you try compusec, please share your experience. I'd be interested to know :)

fotoguy 10-07-2007 10:43 PM

I'm also working on some options for the installation to either store the encryptions keys and related files on the cd, or upload/download from an ssh server.

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