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We use Winmagic Encryption software with USB encryption keys to encrypt laptops.  The process takes a good 4 hours to complete.  We need something fast and easy to manage.  Any suggestions would be helpfull.
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This seems to be a popular topic lately :)

The following is recommended by Rich, our top expert:

 http://www.truecrypt.org/

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Does the process take a long time to do the actual encryption of the files or is the time taken up by other steps in the process (e.g. gathering information/reboots/etc)?
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Yes, truecrypt is easy and secure, read the FAQ and documentation fully. Seagate is also going to release their full disk encrypted drives soon, probably near X-mas
http://www.wavesys.com/news/press_archive/06/060213_Seagate.html http://www.anandtech.com/tradeshows/showdoc.aspx?i=2507&p=9
http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=1493

TrueCrypt also works on all sorts of media like CD/DVD and USB
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I would imagine the time it takes to encrypt a drive is a consequence of the encryption process (i.e. it takes time to encrypt each file).

However, as Rich has pointed out Truecrypt would appear to be a fairly advanced and established encryption solution which offers significant benefits in terms of security and functionality over Microsoft EFS.
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This is not free, but I liked its features & speed:
http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file_description/0,fid,8082,00.asp     PCWorld.com - SafeHouse Hard Drive Encryption
I roughly tested some encryption software few years ago & this was one of the faster ones.

Strongdisk (http://www.strongdisk.com/) is another that was high in features (including key files) but was slower than Safehouse. Since I let the company know (& got an answer back too :)), and since it's been a few years, it's likely improved.

Bestcrypt can create containers compatible with Linux.

Here's something I haven't tried: http://www.winmagic.com/whats_new/product_news.asp

And a listing & description of free encryption software: http://www.thefreecountry.com/security/encryption.shtml     Free Encryption / Cryptographic Software, Free On the Fly Encryption, Steganography, Free Disk Encryption Tools, Free Public Key Encryption Software (thefreecountry.com)

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