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Encrypt secondary non-system-drive containing VeraCrypt installation

Topics: Technical Issues, Users Discussion
Apr 16, 2016 at 4:39 PM
Just a short question. I have two drives, one (the system-drive) already encrypted and a second one just for my data. Is it possible to fully encrypt my second hard drive which is containing my VeraCrypt installation or will my PC have problems booting up because it can't mount the system drive without the VeraCrypt installation that will be on my still encrypted second drive? And is it even possible to encrypt the drive containing the installation if it is not the system-drive?

Thanks in advance!
Apr 16, 2016 at 6:37 PM
Edited Apr 16, 2016 at 6:55 PM
You can encrypt the "data" drive and use System Favorites. See the link below.

https://veracrypt.codeplex.com/wikipage?title=System%20Favorite%20Volumes

However, I do not know if this configuration will work when the VeraCrypt installation is installed on the "data" drive when using system encryption even when using System Favorites and what will happen if the "data" drive is not available or fails? Will this prevent you from being able to boot into Windows?

Hopefully another forum member can answer these questions.

PS: Did you move your Windows profile to the "data" drive? If yes, be aware that if the "data" partition is unable to mount, you may be unable to boot Windows. Someone on the forums was having this problem because they moved the user profile from the C drive to another encrypted drive.

I think this is the thread discussing the issue of moving the user profile from C drive to another encrypted drive.

https://veracrypt.codeplex.com/discussions/584164