TrueCrypt on Windows 7 - Bootloader issue

Posted on 2009-12-27
Last Modified: 2013-11-30

I have just installed Windows 7 and I have been playing around with different encryption software's after testing the "Encrypt System Partition" function on Windows XP that TrueCrypt offer I decided to test this on a Windows 7.

When I come to run the wizard I get the following error message:

The TrueCrypt Boot Loader requires at least 32 KBytes of freespace at the beginning of the system drive (the TrueCrypt Boot Loader needs to be stored in that area.) Unfortunately , your drive does not meet this condition.

It goes on to say not to report this as an error to TrueCrypt that to solve this problem I need to repartition the disk and leave the first 32KB of the disk free, and that in most cases your required to recreate and the first partition.

Are there any other ways that this could be done?

Many Thanks
Question by:karl_0090
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    You need to resize your system partition and move its start from left to right for 1-2MB.
    Then TrueCrypt will install perfectly there.
    Download PM10 by Paragon:
    Boot from its Recovery CD and perform the resize. It will update the OS and boot files automatically.
    Restart to Windows and install TrueCrypt.
    Also you can take backup of Windows before you run resize. This is useful if something goes wrong during resize. And PM10 can take backup images too.
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