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scottp99

join:2010-12-11

Truecrypt and no disk burner

I wanted to install TC, but this requires me to burn the key files to a CD and my CD tray is damaged. Im on a low budget now to buy a new CD disk drive. What can i do now?

The installer will not continue after this step at all.

Thanks

drjenkins

join:2005-03-30
Bealeton, VA
You can try a virtual CD burner, like TotalMounter:

»www.techsupportalert.com/content···-use.htm


sbconslt

join:2009-07-28
Los Angeles, CA
reply to scottp99
Use the /noisocheck command line switch.

»www.truecrypt.org/docs/?s=command-line-usage

/noisocheck or /n

Do not verify that TrueCrypt Rescue Disks are correctly burned.


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Scott Brown Consulting

scottp99

join:2010-12-11
Thanks. I just wish to install without saving the keys. Anyways, I do have a base image build which I can restore the OS without the sensitive data on that image.

But how do I get to the command line in the first place???


sbconslt

join:2009-07-28
Los Angeles, CA
Start > Run > cmd

Issue "C:\Program Files\TrueCrypt\TrueCrypt Format.exe" /noisocheck

You should still make the Rescue CD anyway. You can bring the .iso over to another machine with a working burner, using a USB stick or network transfer.
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Scott Brown Consulting

scottp99

join:2010-12-11
WOW your quick...Thx.


sbconslt

join:2009-07-28
Los Angeles, CA
Had to edit that once or twice to get it right, check above. GL

scottp99

join:2010-12-11
Is this any better than the enterprise versions of disk encryption like Pointsec or Mcafee Endpoint Encryption?

And if I select AES, would that be sufficient enough?


sbconslt

join:2009-07-28
Los Angeles, CA
reply to scottp99
said by scottp99:

Is this any better than the enterprise versions of disk encryption like Pointsec or Mcafee Endpoint Encryption?

Well that's a longer discussion. My own opinion is that the proprietary "enterprise grade" alternatives are less secure because they package backdoors for centralized, over-the-network administration. Glaring backdoors.
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Scott Brown Consulting

scottp99

join:2010-12-11
And if I select AES, would that be sufficient enough?


sbconslt

join:2009-07-28
Los Angeles, CA
Yes, use AES, because it's fastest.

scottp99

join:2010-12-11
A bit now confused. Sorry...

During the installation process, when should I issue the command line? During the install process, or after installing TC?


sbconslt

join:2009-07-28
Los Angeles, CA
After installing it. Use the command line with the /noisocheck switch just to start the program this one time, to start the system encryption pass.

scottp99

join:2010-12-11
So, I should issue that command right after installation and even before a system reboot?


sbconslt

join:2009-07-28
Los Angeles, CA
That should be fine. The installation by itself does not ordinarily require you to reboot. The system encryption procedure does, after it writes the boot loader.

scottp99

join:2010-12-11
Ok, I tried and it worked.

I wish I can use a Batch script file so I dont have to paste the whole command line. Is there anyway to do this?
Then I can store that Batch or Command file script in the TC directory.

Thx so much!!!!!


sbconslt

join:2009-07-28
Los Angeles, CA
Of course you could make a .bat file easily but there's no need for you to invoke it that way ever again after the system encryption is performed. This was just a one-time thing to work around your broken optical drive. From now on, start TrueCrypt normally. Actually, it will start automatically with Windows once you establish system encryption, so you can start it from its tray icon.
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Scott Brown Consulting

scottp99

join:2010-12-11
I have not actually encrypted it yet, this was just a test to test the command line thing.

Can you please post the command batch file please so I can just double click it and re-run it again this time doing the whole last steps?

Thanks.


sbconslt

join:2009-07-28
Los Angeles, CA
Just open notepad, put that one line in it, and save it as "whatever.bat". That's all it would need to contain. It is, however, a waste of effort for the one time you're going to have to type the line. By the time you make the batch file you've already typed it once. You're actually adding work.


antdude
A Ninja Ant
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join:2001-03-25
United State
kudos:5
reply to scottp99
FYI. TrueCrypt has an official forum too.


Anon31416

@108.171.100.x
reply to scottp99
Create a shortcut for TrueCryptFormat.exe with the following for the target:

"C:\Program Files\TrueCrypt\TrueCrypt Format.exe" /n

Use that shortcut when you want to encrypt without creating a rescue iso. You'll still get the rescue iso dialogs, but just click through them.