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VeraCrypt Rescue Disk - Is it unique to each system drive

Topics: Users Discussion
Jan 10 at 10:17 AM
Hi Everyone,

After some google wasn't able to dig up a definitive answer on this one.

Each time you encrypt your system drive and it spits out a "VeraCrypt Rescue Disk" that you can boot off. I have noticed that some of the data in the iso is different between instances/computers that you encrypt.

Questions:
  • Is it the case that each "Rescue Disk" is unique to each encrypted system drive / system ?
  • As in the actual "Rescue Disk" is including the encrypted keys that are also stored on the drive to be used in the rescue process if needed ?
  • Is it possible to use a "Rescue Disk" from another system to resolve a boot loader issue, if the encryption keys on disk are still intact ?
Thanks in advance.

PS

This is more of a question out of interest that a specific problem or issue needing to be resolved.
Jan 11 at 1:17 AM
Hello,

Have you read the documentation regarding the Rescue Disk?

https://veracrypt.codeplex.com/wikipage?title=VeraCrypt%20Rescue%20Disk
Jan 27 at 10:50 PM
Hi Enigma,

Yes, it fills in most of the blanks regarding unique data located on each disk.
However still not sure on the last question:
  • Is it possible to use a "Rescue Disk" from another system to resolve a boot loader issue, if the encryption keys on disk are still intact ?
Any thoughts on that one ?
Jan 28 at 12:32 PM
Hello,

No. You need to perform the following actions using the Rescue Disk created from the original PC by VeraCrypt.
  • Permanently Decrypt System Partition - Encryption Keys are unique to each system and the original Windows system loader.
  • Restore VeraCrypt Boot Loader - Unique to each system.
  • Restore Key Data - Encryption Keys are unique to each system.
  • Restore Original System Loader - Likely unique unless the other PC is the same brand/model, Windows OS version and C drive configuration is the same as the original PC.