Truecrypt 7.1a and Windows 8
Can anyone tell me whether these products work together or not? I have done reading and research on it. I am 100% aware of Truecrypt's position on the matter- Windows 8 is not currently supported but they are planning on support in the future. However, I have found several internet forum posts claiming that it works OK. When I tried to install v. 7.1a on a Win 8 laptop it refused to load saying it didnt like GPT. Any further clarification would be greatly appreciated.
I need an encryption solution for W8 laptops and have never been excited about BitLocker. I used to use Drivecrypt which was fine but it appears they dont support W8 yet either.
I can't speak to system partition encryption since I don't use it, but TrueCrypt seems to work just fine on 8... I use it regularly to mount a file container.
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said by seaman:It looks as if it cannot be done.
When I tried to install v. 7.1a on a Win 8 laptop it refused to load saying it didnt like GPT.
Your comment about GPT points to the problem.
Windows 8 on new systems uses GPT partitioning and UEFI booting. My understanding is that Windows 8 will only use GPT on a UEFI system, and requires traditional MBR partitioning if UEFI is not used.
UEFI affects how the computer is booted. In order for truecrypt to work, it has to be interfaced with the booting. Until the truecrypt people have a way of doing this with UEFI, you are out of luck.
It looks as if it would work with a non-GPT disk partitioning and with UEFI turned off in the BIOS. But that would require reinstalling Win8. It might not be possible with the Win8 that came with the computer.
Using truecrypt for just a container is a lot simpler, and probably works.
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Nwrickert, your comments were very helpful. I had neglected to mention I was trying full disk encryption. However, now I have some insight into why that might be a challenge. For the short term I will take the good suggestions here and just create a secure container and move forward. Thanks!