TrueCrypt Boot Error

So I used TrueCrypt to encrypt a harddrive.  When I boot up the computer now, I have the choice of putting in the password or pressing escape to bypass it.  When I put the password it, it loads fine.  When I press Esc, it gives me an error "Error: No bootable partition found".  How can I fix this?

Also, what is the different weather someone puts the password in or just presses Esc?
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It sounds like this is working exactly as designed. Why would you encrypt the drive if you could simply hit [Esc] and bypass the encryption. You get the error when you press [Esc] because the drive is encrypted and the BIOS has nothing it understands to hand the booting off to.
TrueCrypt offers the [Esc] option if you want to boot to drive or device other than the encrypted one. It sounds like you do not have any other bootable systems present.
See this if you want to permanently decrypt the volume.
cmb991Author Commented:
Well I never used TrueCrypt before, until now.  On the other encryption programs I used, you had to option to put in a password or press Esc, or even disable the password in the beginning.  It was keep the windows logon as the password for the startup.

I wanted to encrypt the drives so if these toughbooks are lost, people can't pull their harddrives and hook them up to another computer and view their files due to the data on them.

The other encryption program I used booted up normal, but after so many failed logins on the windows logon, it would reboot the machine and enable the administrators password for the bootup so you couldn't even keep trying to guess someones windows logon password.  You would need the administrator password for the encryption program.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
You have encrypted entire drive and Windows loader cannot find boot partition when it is encrypted. Got that?
Either decrypt the drive or continue using this very configuration. The idea of encryption is preventing someone from unauthorized access to your system and data. This is what Truecrypt is doing now for you.
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cmb991Author Commented:
Right, I understand that.  What I am asking is, like this other program, TrueCrypt can go by the logon.  If the bootup password doesn't display and it boots up normally.  Then when someone goes to logon to the machine and the login fails after so many trys, it reboots the machine, then the administrator password on the boot enables it self.  Or do you know of which program this is?
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
You mean that encrypted machine boots directly into Windows user logon screen without additional pass request? Then the encryption is done on folder level not drive level.
cmb991Author Commented:
The program PointSec ( is kinda like the program I am talking about.  If your windows logon fails so many times, it reboots the machine and enables the administrator password for the encryption system.  This PointSec program won't work for me though because of the licensing.  I'm looking for an encryption program like that.  I wasn't sure if TrueCrypt could be configured like this.
I am not sure about all the details you are asking for, but my company uses this product for its entire fleet of laptops.
I know there is no additional password--everything is decrypted with my Windows logon password. This is the part you need to understand. If this were whole drive encryption, I *must* put in a password at boot time or I *cannot* get to the Windows logon. If I can get to the Windows logon with no password yet, it *cannot* be whole drive encryption. Only files, folder, and partitions *not* necessary for Windows booting can be encrypted.
What you have with TrueCrypt should be very secure. Is there any reason you do not want it to work this way?
cmb991Author Commented:
Well the password is an issue in the beginning because theres over 100+ users that use these toughbooks.  The decrypting at the windows logon would work the rest.
Then it sounds like TrueCrypt is not what you need.
It is a pay-for product, but the Credant link above should do what you need.


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