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New Fresh Drive Encrypt

Topics: Users Discussion
Mar 3, 2016 at 8:24 PM
Can I do a VeraCrypt encrypt of a new fresh drive before installing an OS (Windows 10)? I was not able to find the info in the documentation if this was possible.
Thanks in Advance.
Mar 3, 2016 at 9:06 PM
You will have to install the OS or upgrade the OS before you encrypt with VeraCrypt.

https://veracrypt.codeplex.com/wikipage?title=FAQ
Will I be able to mount my VeraCrypt partition/container after I reinstall or upgrade the operating system?

Yes, VeraCrypt volumes are independent of the operating system. However, you need to make sure your operating system installer does not format the partition where your VeraCrypt volume resides.

Note: If the system partition/drive is encrypted and you want to reinstall or upgrade Windows, you need to decrypt it first (select System > Permanently Decrypt System Partition/Drive). However, a running operating system can be updated (security patches, service packs, etc.) without any problems even when the system partition/drive is encrypted.
Mar 3, 2016 at 10:12 PM
@Enigma2Illusion
Thanks for the reply.
I had seen that, but it was not as clear as you telling me that I have to install the OS before I encrypt the drive with VeraCrypt.
I had hoped to be able to encrypt the whole new drive first and then install a fresh new OS within.
Which in my eyes, makes no sector/space on the drive un-encrypted from day one of the drive use.
So ill just do a fresh Win10 install and before plugging into the Net to update, Ill encrypt with VC.
Thanks again.
Mar 3, 2016 at 10:35 PM
For Windows 10, I would recommend applying OS updates before encrypting with VeraCrypt. See known issue below.

https://veracrypt.codeplex.com/workitem/290

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I had hoped to be able to encrypt the whole new drive first and then install a fresh new OS within.
Which in my eyes, makes no sector/space on the drive un-encrypted from day one of the drive use.
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For HDD this will not be an issue since VeraCrypt will overwrite all of the blocks on the drive. With SSDs, VeraCrypt cannot guarantee overwriting all blocks.

https://veracrypt.codeplex.com/wikipage?title=Wear-Leveling

https://veracrypt.codeplex.com/wikipage?title=Trim%20Operation