What is the best utility to encrypt entire USB drive?
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Russ SuterSenior Software DeveloperCommented:
There are many ways but the two I use are

Windows BitLocker -
Veracrypt -

BitLocker is convenient because it's built-in to Windows.
Veracrypt is convenient because it's a bit more portable.

As long as the encryption method uses industry standard strong encryption (AES 256 or similar) the exact tool you use is really just up to you.

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if you want to try others as well - here is bestcrypt :
ManieyaK_CSSPAuthor Commented:
Russ Thank your for the comments, i tried VeraCrypt after the Outer Volume creation it started the hidden volume creation but failed with the attached errors,
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that can be a disk drive error
did you run a diag on it?
best use the manufacturer's one; i use ubcd for this :
Hardware diagnostic CD    UBCD

go to the download page, scroll down to the mirror section, and  click on a mirror to start the download
Download the UBCD and make the cd   <<==on a WORKING PC, and boot the problem PC from it
Here 2 links, one to the general site, and a direct link to the download

since the downloaded file is an ISO file, eg ubcd527.iso - so you need to use an ISO burning tool
if you don't have that software, install cdburnerXP :

If you want also the Ram tested - run memtest86+ at least 1 full pass,  - you should have NO errors!
For disk Diagnostics run the disk diag for your disk brand (eg seagate diag for seagate drive)  from the HDD section -  long or advanced diag !  (runs at least for30 minutes)                        ultimate boot cd             download page

**  you can make a bootable cd - or bootable usb stick

for completeness -here's how i handle disk problems :
ManieyaK_CSSPAuthor Commented:
These errors are from trying to encrypt my removable USB thumb drive, not my actual system
yes - but have you tested it??  it can also be bad
ManieyaK_CSSPAuthor Commented:
It's a PNY USB thumb drive does PNY have a disk checker?  I couldn't find one of their site.  Or should i just simply run windows check disk?
ManieyaK_CSSPAuthor Commented:
So I attempted to encrypt my USB device without the hidden volume, it got 100% complete, then error pops up stating "Windows failed to format the volume as NTFS.  Do you want to format the volume as FAT instead."
you can test these in different ways:
-on another pc
-running chkdsk
-a real tester
-check if it is false :
ManieyaK_CSSPAuthor Commented:
was flagged by my anti-virus as being malware.
it opens normally on my pc; but very starnge, if i use your link it does not open
ManieyaK_CSSPAuthor Commented:
the link opens just fine when I attempt to download the file it flags the file as Malware
i could download it without problems
are you sure you downloaded ?
ManieyaK_CSSPAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the suggestions I went with VeraCrypt
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