TrueCrypt software creation and assembly guide
:Step 1: Run the software. The main window of the software should appear
Step 2: Click Create Volume (red button).
Step 3: A volume creation wizard should appear:
At this point, we need to choose where we want the drive to be. You can choose between being in a file (also called a container), within a partition, or in a component. In this tutorial, we will select the first option, create a drive within a file. Because the option is checked by default, all that remains is to click Next .
Note: The images from now on will only show the right part of the wizard.
Step 4: At this stage, select the drive type: Hidden or Standard. In this guide we choose "Standard".
After selecting, click Next .
Step 5: At this stage, select the location of the file where the container is located. Note that the file will behave as a regular file. It can be moved and deleted, and like any file, it needs a name and a path, which is selected in step 6.
Click Select File . The standard Windows file selection window should pop up (with the wizard still running in the background).
Step 6: Choose a path using the Windows navigation method. Then, type the file name you want for the drive.
Note: This is not the way to encrypt existing files. If an existing file is selected instead of creating a new file, the existing file will be deleted and the drive will be created using its name (instead of the encrypting the file). To encrypt existing files, you must first create a drive, and then move the files into the drive (only later).
After selecting the path and file name for the drive, click Save . The file selection window will then close and we will return to working with the wizard that was in the background.
Step 7: We went back to the previous window. Click Next .
Step 8: Here, select the encryption algorithm and the HASH algorithm for the drive. If you are not sure what to choose, you can use the default (for more information, see TrueCrypt User Guide , pages 75-78)
Step 9: Here, select the size of the drive you want. In the example 1MB is selected. Then click Next .
Step 10: Here you must select the drive password.
The text records recommendations for choosing a good password. Please enter your password twice, and then click Next .
Please note: the Next button will be clickable until the input in both fields is the same.
Step 11: Now, we recommend moving the mouse within the wizard window as much as possible, for as long as possible (at least 30 seconds).
The movements strengthen the encryption significantly. The longer it moves over time, the stronger the encryption (which strengthens the protection).
Then click Format .
The drive will now be created (in the location and name we chose in step 6). Depending on the size of the file we selected, the process will take longer. After the process, the following window will appear:
Click OK .
Step 12: We are done creating the drive. You can now choose between creating another one (clicking Next ), or ending the wizard, and starting to use the drive (clicking Exit ).
After clicking Exit , the wizard window will close, returning to the TrueCrypt main window. If this does not happen, the software can be restarted.
In the following steps we will load the drive.
Step 13: Select the signal for the drive where the drive will load (in the following example, the letter M is selected).
Step 14: Click Select File
Step 15: The Windows File Selection window opens.
Select the file we created in steps 6-11, and click Open .
The file selection window will close, returning to the TrueCrypt main window.
Step 16: In the main window, click Mount .
Step 17: A password entry window opens:
The password we set in step 10 should be entered.
Step 18: Click OK .
At this point TrueCrypt will try to load the drive.If the entered password is incorrect, we will be notified and will have to repeat the previous step. Otherwise, the drive will be loaded.
Last step: We have successfully finished loading the drive as a virtual drive (for example, drive M).
All information on the virtual drive is encrypted (including file names, sizes, free space, etc.), and acts as a drive. Files can be saved (or moved and copied), they will be encrypted during the writing to the drive.
Important: You will not be asked for a password every time you open/save a file to the drive. You will only be asked for a password during the drive loading phase (step 17).
The drive can be opened by double-clicking on the letter we chose to load, in the image above, or alternatively, using Windows directory navigation (in the 'My Computer' folder):
Note that the virtual drive can be used like any other folder. You can drag files into/from it. Files transferred to the drive will be encrypted, and then saved to the drive. Files transferred from the drive to the computer will be decoded and saved on the computer. Opening files directly from the drive will be done through the RAM so that even if a file is decrypted on the drive, it is not saved decoded on the computer. If the computer is turned off, or a malfunction occurs and the computer is restarted, the files will be unavailable. The only way to open them at this point is to repeat steps 13-18, and reload the drive.
To prevent access to the drive proactively, restart your computer or return to the TrueCrypt main menu:
Select the drive you want, and click Dismount.
To regain access, repeat steps 13-18.
How to create and use a component or partition encrypted by TrueCrypt :
Instead of creating a container file, as instructed by the directory, you can partition a drive or use an external drive that is completely encrypted.
To do this, repeat steps 1-3, but in step 3, select the second or third option. From there the process is very similar to the process shown here. The Creation Wizard instructions should be read and adhered to.