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Encrypt a new hard drive before windows install

Topics: Technical Issues
Sep 18, 2016 at 11:36 AM
I wanted to encrypt an entire drive with veracrpt (as a system partition) and then install windows on it afterwards.
How can i do it? Because if i would like to install windows from any medium like a usb flash drive or a DVD, the encrypted drive would not be mounted first (the windows media would be) so it would be just RAW nonsense drive.
Sep 18, 2016 at 9:46 PM

You cannot install or upgrade Windows OS with VeraCrypt system encryption.

If you encrypt the system drive before installing Windows OS, the Windows installer will quick format the drive to make it usable for Windows.

From the VeraCrypt FAQ:
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.