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Mounting old TrueCrypt volumes


For securing some backups on CD/DVD I packed all files into a TrueCrypt volume (that was 2005).

Today I tried to open one of those TrueCrypt volumes using VeryCrypt, however VeryCrypt is not able to mount those volumes supplied with the correct password and in TrueCrypt mode.

I checked an old version of TrueCrypt and it was able to read the volumes.
It showed the following volume information:

Encryption algorithm: AES
Primary Key size: 256bit
Block Size 128bit
Mode of Operation: CBC
Volume Format version: 1

Why is VeryCrypt not able to mount this image? I know that the settings are not "up to date" and I don't expect VeryCrypt to be able to create new volumes using those values, but it should be able to read them.

What is a encryption software worth if it can't read data that is some years old?


Enigma2Illusion wrote Jul 12, 2016 at 7:33 PM

Per the documentation, VeraCrypt only support TrueCrypt volumes created using versions 6.x or higher which use volume format version 2. Your TC volumes are using pre-TrueCrypt 6.x since the volume format version = 1.
Note: Only volumes and partitions created using TrueCrypt versions 6.x and 7.x are supported.
You can read the developer's reply to this question at the link below.

Coder_J wrote Jul 13, 2016 at 7:48 PM

May be it would be a good idea to add this information to the FAQ.

Additionally specifying the TrueCrypt version is IMHO correct. however which user does know what TrueCrypt version she/he used to create the volume. A concrete date would be a valuable additional information (and is easier to remember).

Therefore the FAQ could state something like this:
TrueCrypt volumes are supported if it had been created using TrueCrypt 6.0 (released Jul 2008) or higher.