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May 6, 2016 at 11:41 PM

I have installed and started VeraCrypt yet under Drives I cannot see C: or D: that are both Solid State drives; I also cannot see the drive letters for DVD/RW and Blu-ray player but that I can understand why. C drive is my system with all apps and D for personal data, so I can restore C without losing any personal data. I want to encrypt both drives, but I understand how to encrypt the entire system drive but how do I encrypt the D Drive when no drive letter D: is visible? Is there an option to set the drive letter during encryption?

Some guidance would be very appreciated,
May 7, 2016 at 1:01 AM
Hello Morrile,

The VeraCrypt GUI will only show available drive letters for mounting VeraCrypt volumes and show the VeraCrypt volumes that are currently mounted. That is why you do not see the C, D and the other driver letters for your DVD/RW and Blu-ray players.

Be aware that you cannot use the option to encrypt the entire system disk due to the System Reserved partition which you can see in Windows Disk Management. The System Reserved does not have a drive letter assigned to it and is usually small. Your PC will fail to boot if you encrypt the System Reserve partition with VeraCrypt. Therefore, select the option to encrypt only the OS partition.

You can encrypt the D drive separately using the same password and PIM that was used on the OS partition (C Drive) and the use System Favorites to mount the D drive at bootup.

Many PC vendors include other partitions on their system drive for recovery, troubleshooting tools and the Windows OS software. If you encrypt those partitions, you lose the ability to troubleshoot, repair and/or install OS when your PC is having problems.

I recommend choosing the option "Encrypt the Windows system partition" which will only encrypt the C drive (partition) which is the OS.

If you are new to VeraCrypt, I would recommend that you play with VeraCrypt by creating a small file container to get a better understanding of the software before proceeding to the more advanced level of system encryption.

Also, read the manual.

Kind Regards.
May 7, 2016 at 4:41 PM
Hello Enigma2Illusion,

Many thanks for the advice and links. I had encrypted the whole of C drive before, including the system reserved partition, and it worked okay yet didn't have to troubleshoot. Sadly I could not then not encrypt the D drive and could not understand why. I will try and just encrypt the Windows system partition and then try D again and set it to system favourites. Can one encrypt D and then C or must the system be encrypted before anything else?

I have watched a few videos where people have created an encrypted file container yet very few show Encrypt the system partition or entire drive. Just wanted to make sure before starting (again) and not making the same mistakes.

Kins regards,
May 7, 2016 at 6:13 PM
Hello Morrile,

Can you post a screenshot of your Windows Disk Management screen? You will need to use a image posting website since this forum does not allow uploading pictures/videos via the forum tools.

I am trying to understand your PC's setup since you say that you successfully encrypted both the System Reserved partition and the OS drive and you were able to successfully able to reboot/cold boot your system.

What version of Windows and VeraCrypt are you using on your PC?