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How can I encrypt my external hard drive?

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I have an external hard drive that I've been using for over a year for the majority of storing all my information and data.

I've installed TrueCypt but do not know how to encrypt the external drive. All I can see is an option to encrypt my system drive.

Is there an easy way to do this? I'm open to TrueCrypt alternatives if someone has a recommendation with instructions.

The best would be a good encryption to encrypt my external hard drive that no one could recover data from except for me if I have the password..
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Question by:garryshape
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by:torimar
ID: 34903776
Have you carefully checked Truecrypt and its documentation?
http://www.truecrypt.org/docs/

Did you miss this option:
"Encrypt a non-system partition/drive"?

http://www.truecrypt.org/images/docs/tutorial-v6.1a-02.png

There may be other tools to encrypt a volume, but Truecrypt is simply the best.
Here's a visual HowTo: http://www.ghacks.net/2008/03/01/encrypting-an-usb-drive-with-true-crypt/
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by:rajeshraj012
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you can encryption your hard disk in easy way, this site can help you, it is given below

http://www.ehow.com/how_4453148_encrypt-external-hard-drive.html
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by:torimar
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ps:
Please make sure you copy/backup your data to a different location first, because the external drive will be formatted in the process. You can move your data back once the encrypted drive was created.
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by:torimar
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rajeshraj012,

the link provided by you is one of the first hits given by Google, but it does not explain anything. Read it yourself, and then see whether that is "easy help".
It doesn't even name a tool for doing this but tells you to "choose a software that best suits your needs". It is just crap and click-fishing, nothing that should appear in expert advice.
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by:Tolomir
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torimar, you should also check you links - the image is hotlinked and redirected!
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torimar earned 1000 total points
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Thank you, Tolomir.
Both of my direct TrueCrypt links have to be corrected.
Here's the one to the Beginner's Tutorial:
http://www.truecrypt.org/docs/?s=tutorial

And here's the image: truecrypt
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by:RobMobility
ID: 34906307
Hi,

Are you running Windows 7 Ulitmate or Enterprise - this supports BitLocker to Go which will do what you want with your drive.

You might find the following Video useful:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXfQcdKWnMM

Regards,


RobMobility.
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Hi,

Or this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5Cis0E6Z6I

Regards,


RobMobility.
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by:garryshape
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Thanks I'm running XP
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