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Full Disk Encryption Win7 with GPT Disks

Topics: Feature Requests, Technical Issues, Users Discussion
Oct 14, 2016 at 1:05 AM
Hey friends,
I got a serious problem and need a workaround:

I would really love to do a full disk encryption on my system.

I've got Win7 on GPT formatted Disk installed. As a former friend of truecrypt, i used full disk encryption for a very long time. Unfortunately, TC does not support GPT disks, so i changed to veracrypt - which does.

Now the problem is that Full disc encryption does not work as Win7 (8 and 10 too?) uses a second partition for bootloader - so Win7 does not start from the same partition than the "normal" system partition.

I already tried the workaround from the FAQ site

_Delete the 100 MB System Reserved partition located at the beginning of your drive and set the system partition next to it as the active partition (both can be done using diskpart utility available in Windows Installation disk repair option). After that, run Startup Repair after rebooting on Windows Installation disk. The following link contains detailed instructions: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/71363-system-reserved-partition-delete.html___
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but this just seems to be for MBR not for GPT disks :( Whenever i delete the partition and perform a startup recovery, the 100mb Partition is back again and I#m at the beginning :(

Can it be true that there is no chance to make full encryption of a GPT disk ? I think GPT on Win7/8/10 should be the standart nowadays... I cannot believe it's not possible to perform an encryption?

I really really would appreciate any help on this :) Thanks so much in advance!!!!
Coordinator
Oct 14, 2016 at 6:32 AM
Hi,

VeraCrypt 1.18a supports GPT disk encryption on Windows 64-bit, so it should work for you.
Are you running Windows 7 64-bit?
What error message do you have when you try to encrypt Windows with VeraCrypt?

You can also try the latest 1.19-BETA3 installer available at https://sourceforge.net/projects/veracrypt/files/VeraCrypt%20Nightly%20Builds/
Oct 22, 2016 at 3:21 PM
Thank you DaHoll for posting the link to http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/71363-system-reserved-partition-delete.html

I was able to make it work. I created a page http://www.genopro.com/misc/Installing-VeraCrypt/ (How to Install VeraCrypt on a GUID Partition Table (GPT)) with step by instructions.

Let me know if it works for you.