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Convert Truecrypt encryption file to Veracrypt

Topics: Technical Issues
May 21, 2015 at 5:36 PM
Is there a way to convert a Truecrypt encrypted file to Veracrypt? I have been having trouble with mounting a Truecrypt file that I use on Mac and Windows. On Mac it appears to work fine but when I try and mount it on Windows it is able to mount but then Windows prompts to format the mounted drive saying it can't read it.

This happens in Truecrypt and Veracrypt so assuming if I convert to true Veracrypt format the issue will hopefully go away.

Thanks.
Coordinator
May 21, 2015 at 6:19 PM
Your volume has been probably formatted using HFS+which is the native filesystem of MacOSX. Windows can't read HFS+ volumes and that's why it prompts you to format it.
The choice of HFS+ is made during the creation of the volume. By default, TrueCrypt and VeraCrypt propose to format volume using FAT for maximum compatibility, thus you certainly made the HFS+ choice explicitly.

Converting to VeraCrypt will not help you. The only alternative is to use solutions available for Windows that enables reading HFS+ drives and volumes. You can find many resources for this on the internet. For example, there is a tool called hfsexplorer which appear to be able to read HFS+ volumes: http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/how-to/windows/3369574/how-read-mac-os-hfs-drives-in-windows-for-free-image/

Another solution is to use Apple driver for this as explained here: http://www.markc.me.uk/blog/files/HFSOnWindows.html

Voilà voilà...I hope this will help.
May 22, 2015 at 2:49 AM
Thanks a lot - that worked a treat! Now I understand why it wasn't working. I must have chosen HFS+ specifically because I thought I was only going to be using a Mac.