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FreeOTFE // Drive letter?

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Hi,
I'm trying tu use FreeOTFE for a backup harddisk. I've been encrypting the whole disk, formatted the drive with NTFS and mount/dismount works fine.
If I close this tool, the drive letter disappears from Win explorer, which seems to be ok.
BUT if I want to "deactivate" the encryption from the drive (to use as normal Win drive again), how can I do this?
BR
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Question by:go4java
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by:Tolomir
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I think if you close the tool, the device is inaccessible.
Deactivating the encryption would leave you with unencrypted data, what would you do this?

Tolomir
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by:go4java
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Thanks. No problem, the tool works great.
It was just a test, so I want the drive to be normal NTFS partition again.
So how to deactivate the encryption?
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???
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by:Tolomir
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It says there is no tool to decrypt an encrypted partition. There were tools to verify the code but that was made for security experts.

Today as a user you only can move all data out or an encrypted partition and reformat that partition with windows tools.

Just a remark, also truecrypt comes not with a decryption tool, except to unencrypt the full-disk encryption.

Tolomir

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by:go4java
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...can you tell me how to format a disk without having a DRIVE LETTER ? The disk is not visible in Windows 7.
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by:Tolomir
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No problem:

http://www.windowsreference.com/windows-vista/how-to-use-disk-management-in-vista/

rightclick on the partition in question and choose format drive
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Tolomir earned 500 total points
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This fits better:

   1.      Open Computer Management by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, clicking Administrative Tools, and then double-clicking Computer Management. Administrator permission required If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
   2.      In the Navigation pane, under Storage, click Disk Management.
   3.      Right-click the volume that you want to format, and then click Format.
   4.      To format the volume with the default settings, in the Format dialog box, click OK, and then click OK again.

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Got a German Windows running, so posting screenshots might be missleading...
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...will try this in the evening. Thanks.
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