Used TrueCrypt, now how do I hide the drive letter completely in My Computer

I successfully used Truecrypt  (www.truecrypt.org) and encrypted two 1TB disks. The software is great and the best thing I like is the traveler mode and hidden volume feature. However, the drive does show up in My Computer as soon as I plug the external disk in. The only saving grace is if I click on it, it dsnt open up, just asks me: Do you now want to format it?

If someone tries to destroy my data, he will click on yes, and voila, all grace will soon turn to avoidable grief. How can I prevent that disk to alltogether stop from showing itself as a drive in "My Computer"  and ON ANY COMPUTER?

There is a software called StorageCrypt but they charge. I am looking for open source free software just as Truecrypt is.

Any suggestions welcome. Remember, I dont want that disk to be displayed in "My Computer" on ANY COMPUTER not just mine, I know how to hide the drives on one computer.

Thanks

Roopesh
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bootrebootCommented:
I ran into the same issue with TrueCrypt on a smaller scale; USB Sticks.  I couldn't find way to do exactly what you are hoping for.  However, instead of encrypting the disk itself, I formatted the stick using NTFS and then created a volume on the root of the disk.  

So now, whenever i plug in the USB Key, windows maps a G: drive to it.  I then use TrueCrypt to mount an X: drive to a file called G:\XDriveEnc
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perfect_tranquilityAuthor Commented:
Did that give you the peace of mind of not seeing the drive letter automatically in My Computer as and when you inserted the flash drive ?

I know I can use StorageCrypt www.storagecrypt.com  $29.95  and they claim they encrypt the disk. However, I am highly suspicious becuase it "encrypted" my 1000GB disk in around a minute!  That seemed more like a Quick Format to me. I can use this software over TrueCrypt as one option.

boot: what do u mean u created a volume on the root of the disk? Did u use TrueCrypt for that?
Also, I see you wrote Windows maps a G: drive to it. From this and correct me if I am wrong, as soon as you insert your flash into the computer, it shows up as G:\. What apart from hiding the drive or physical force :-)  will prevent me from going ahead and using a FORMAT on your G:\ drive thereby destroying your data?

Thanks

Roopesh
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bootrebootCommented:
When you mount a drive volume with TrueCrypt you can either mount it from a file or a device.  The device is what you have done; file is what I do.  On my memory stick, I have a file called "XDriveEnc".  I could have called it "XDriveEnc.txt" or "PhotoAlbum.JPG".  This file is 3 gigs in size and once it is mounted as a file system, it gives me just under 3 gigs in available storage space.  The file by itself is encrypted.  When it is mounted using TrueCrypt, it creates a file structure accessable in windows through a drive letter.  Furthermore, I can keep other unencrypted files on the memory stick.

The fact that you formatted so quicly is not concerneing becuase the encryption takes place as you are placing the files into the volume.

As for what I meant about creating the volume on the root of the disk.  I used windows to create the file system and TrueCrypt to create the volume.  Rather than going your route, I was afraid that I'd accidentally format the drive every time I loaded the device onto my system.  Personally, I believe that encryption is meant to keep your data safe in case it ends up in the wrong hands.  If it ends up in the wrong hands, I don't expect to get it back.  With TrueCrypt, I feel comfortable becuase the odds that someone would ever guess my 21 character password are slim to none (if i was super paranoid, I'd use keyfiles and volumes hiddend within volumes).  If you had access to my G: drive, that means that you have access to my USB device.  If you want to destory my data (becuase you won't be able to read it), the real question is why would you bother using a FORMAT command when a hammer or a blowtorch would be much more fun?  

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perfect_tranquilityAuthor Commented:
"The fact that you formatted so quicly is not concerneing becuase the encryption takes place as you are placing the files into the volume"

This quick format was in the case of StorageCrypt not TrueCrypt, TrueCrypt took 2 days for the same. So the data is encrypted very good, volume inside a volume. I am not paranoid but I do believe in my right to have my data private not that it contains some files that can easily overthrow some govt :-)

I e-mailed StorageCrypt and they said : " Storagecrypt does not encrypt all files . It encrypts partition table
and file system (file allocation table and directory table). So it's
fast. The drive letter is hide , because of the partition table is
encrypted.

When file sytem was encrypted , no operator system can read out the
file name ,file size and file content "

My files are already encrypted but I still want to hide the drive letter, I am not fearful of theft now, but I also dont want anyone I know to "have fun" by clicking on Format once the drive is connected to computer. I might end up using StorageCrypt or a similar software to hide the drive thus denying anyone to format it. Chances are slim someone that I know would bang or burn the drive :-) , they are more likely to format it.
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perfect_tranquilityAuthor Commented:
yes, I did the file thing before on 1 disk, but dint feel too good about it. Then I reversed my strategy and did the other way, the one on device. let me see for a couple of hours now what are the options.
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perfect_tranquilityAuthor Commented:
I have finally gone for hidden volumes for both my disks and as far as the hiding of drive letter is concerned, I have the option of using software from StorageCrypt. I know it makes it a given that the person has hidden data. While leaving all drives visible does not make it obvious. My final decision on using StorageCrypt will rest on what I am allowed to do with buying it one time for around $30.

Thanks for taking time out.
Roopesh
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