Steps 2-11 below are best used in conjunction with the Beginner's Tutorial.
TrueCrypt can be downloaded from the developer's website at www.truecrypt.org .
Once downloaded, double-click the TrueCrypt Setup 7.1a.exe and follow the instructions.
After the installation has completed, run the TrueCrypt application (usually from the start menu, or a shortcut on the desktop).
To create a volume that appears as a file, choose to Create an encrypted file container. This allows you to easily move, copy, or back up the encrypted volume from Windows Explorer. Other options are available.
Unless there is a need to hide the encrypted volume within another volume, choose a Standard TrueCrypt volume.
Leave the option to never save history checked, and then clicked Select File and browse to the location where the volume to be created.
It is possible to name the file with the extension .tc, i.e. myvolume.tc, for easy reference but the file does not require this, and can be named simply myvolume or similar.
The default settings of AES are more than sufficient for most users, but other options are available.
The maximum size for a file on a FAT32 system is 4GB. If a larger volume is needed the partition must first be formatted to NTFS.
To check the file system of the drive, go to Start > Run, type compmgmt.msc and click OK. Under Storage, click Disk Management, and all drives should be listed along with their file system.
Microsoft explains how to format a basic volume . Please note that this will delete all the data on the volume.
When specifying a volume size, it is possible to leave some spare disk space on the drive, so that the TrueCrypt.exe and truecrypt.sys files can be copied here later. This allows the drive to be removed and the encrypted data accessed on another PC (admin privileges permitting) without the need to install TrueCrypt. It also allows other files to be stored on the drive which do not need to be encrypted.
As suggested, make sure to randomly move the mouse pointer within the wizard for at least thirty seconds to create a strong encryption key
After clicking Format, TrueCrypt will begin to create a file as specified in Step 6. Depending on the size of the container being encrypted this may take some time.
Once this has finished, the volume is encrypted and ready for use.
To access the encrypted data, the volume needs to be mounted. This can be done from within the TrueCrypt application or by creating a batch file, which will automate much of the process.
The encrypted space should now be accessible from Windows Explorer as a mounted drive using the drive letter selected previously.
See the guide using batch scripts to mount and dismount volumes.
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