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Mount Encypted drive on another computer that have/haven't Veracrypt installed

Topics: Users Discussion
Jan 9, 2015 at 6:09 PM
Hi,

I got following situation, where need to be sure that data from computer which got encrypted drive with VeraCrypt can't be read or compromised(example, machine felt in wrong hands, stolen, etc...):
  1. Machine is laptop, Win7 Pro_x64. One SATA hdd, one Volume(c:), encrypted whole drive with AES and SHA-256 hash.
  2. According to documentation about Rescue Disk: https://veracrypt.codeplex.com/wikipage?title=VeraCrypt%20Rescue%20Disk, it's stated that:
"Note: Alternatively, if Windows is damaged (cannot start) and you need to repair it (or access files on it), you can avoid decrypting the system partition/drive by following these steps: Boot another operating system, run VeraCrypt, click Select Device, select the affected system partition, select System > Mount Without Pre-Boot Authentication, enter your pre-boot-authentication password and click OK. The partition will be mounted as a regular VeraCrypt volume (data will be on-the-fly decrypted/encrypted in RAM on access, as usual)"

Ultimately, if I took encrypted drive from mentioned machine above and:
  • Put drive on another computer that got VeraCrypt installed, System--> Mount Without Pre-boot Authentication--> enter your pre-boot authentication password...
    Which password is applicable here? Password from Encrypted drive ? Or VeraCrypt password on machine where drive is currently being connected?
    • Any chance to read encrypted drive on another computer without VeraCrypt installation on it?
Many thanks.

Aleksandar
Jan 9, 2015 at 6:15 PM
Edited Jan 9, 2015 at 6:16 PM
You need to type your boot password that you used on your first computer.

Yes you can read a drive without installing VeraCrypt, you can use the Traveller mode.
Jan 10, 2015 at 4:01 PM
Hello L0ck,

Now it's clear.

Regrds,

Aleksandar.