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How to Encrypt or Password Protect USB Flash Drive Using TrueCrypt (Step by Step Instruction with Screenshot)

Updated on February 1, 2014

In this hub I'll be explaining how to Encrypt or Password protect your USB flash drive of an external hard disk with the help of TrueCrypt

You can go to the download page of TrueCrypt and download it. It is supported on Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000 , Mac OS X and Linux

Okay now you have downloaded it and installed it open the TrueCrypt

TrueCrypt
TrueCrypt
Creating new volume
Creating new volume
Select Encrypt a non system partition / drive
Select Encrypt a non system partition / drive
Choose the type of Encryption
Choose the type of Encryption
Select your USB pendrive or external hard disk
Select your USB pendrive or external hard disk
Select encrypt partition in place if it already contain some data
Select encrypt partition in place if it already contain some data
Select the type of partition you want
Select the type of partition you want
Type a strong and hard to break password
Type a strong and hard to break password
Start the encryption
Start the encryption

Steps To Follow

  • Once you have opened the TrueCrypt click on the Volumes option on the top left.
  • Then select Create New Volume option
  • Once you've clicked that, it will take you to TrueCrypt Volume Creation Wizard
  • Select Encrypt a non-system partition/drive and click next
  • In Volume Type you can either select Standard TrueCrypt or Hidden TrueCrypt volume, I've selected the standard tc volume
  • once you click the next button you'll be asked to select the required Partition or Device, Select your device
  • Click next and in it will take you to Volume creation mode, if your volume is empty go with the Create encrypted volume and format it, or if you already have data in it select Encrypt partition in place and click next
  • In Encryption options you can select your favorite Encryption algorithm and hash algorithm, I've kept it the default one.
  • Next you'll be asked to provide a password for your encrypted drive. Make sure it is long and hard to break by including special characters and numbers
  • Start the encryption

How to open the USB device ?

To view the contents in your encrypted device all you have to do is open the TrueCrypt and Click on the "Auto Mount Devices" and enter the password.

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