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Using TrueCrypt for an External HD

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I currently use True Crypt to encrypt maybe 50 files on my Hard Disk.  My problem is I want to back up these 50 files to an external hard drive, but not if the files will be un-encrypted on the external hard drive.  

What should I do ?  I
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by:Aaron Tomosky
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Make a truecrypt volume on the external. In fact I think you can just copy the truecrypt file if you don't want to make the whole thing an encrypted volume
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by:Giovanni Heward
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If it's only TrueCrypt files, all you need to do is copy over the files in their encrypted state.
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by:upobDaPlaya
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If I open up the file from my external drive how does true crypt know what password to accept...do I need to copy over my true crypt settings file that gets created every time I create a volume.. Thx
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by:Giovanni Heward
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No settings file is necessary... if in doubt, copy over the encrypted file and stand-alone truecrypt app to external drive; plug in another PC, run truecrypt and decrypt the files-- verify all OK.

Note: Make sure your volumes are dismounted prior to copying initially.
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x66,

I guess my confusion is when I first used TrueCrypt I created a container called MyContainer that is found under MyDocuments.  It is a 250 GB Container.  When I mount the volume it is mounted  to the Z: drive.

If I dismount the Z drive as you suggest my files (the 50 excel, word, and other important documents) are no longer visible.  Should I be copying the container from my PC Hard disk (My documents) to the external hard drive and not the files themselves as the container is really the repository for the files ?
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by:Aaron Tomosky
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Yes
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by:Giovanni Heward
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Yes, exactly right. Copy the dismounted container file in it's encrypted form to ensure data privacy.
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Perfect..thanks everone !
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Thanks for your patience and answer
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be sure to dismount the file before you copy it, then just drag the .tc file to the external unit.
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