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veracrypt system encryption pretest failed

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Hi guys, hope you can help me and sorry in advance for my english and probably noob questions, as I'm not that much into PC specifics as probably most of you are.

I tried to encrypt my two harddrives with veracrypt.
At 1st I encrypted my secondary harddrive which is only for data storage. took quite a while, but it went just fine. After this, i wanted (rather said still want) to encrypt my system harddrive. I used the standard encryption settings, burned the recovery disks, and so on. At the point, when I have to start my PC for the bootloading test, my problem appears....

I get the screen where i have to enter my password. After doing so, it takes 1 or 2 minutes until the next line appears "Booting...". And then it doesnt continue to do anything. It just stays at this screen/line without proceeding. When I tried it for the 1st time a few days ago, it was the last thing I did before I went to bed, since I had no idea how long it would take. When I woke up 7-8 hours later, it was still at the bootloading screen, 2nd row "booting...". ERROR MESSAGE

After reading the Troubleshooting I updated my BIOS but it didnt solve my problem.
I searched and tried for hours what it could be, but found no helpfull information.
Could it be, that there's something wrong with my boot settings, so the the bootloader gets "stuck"? I mean, my system harddrive has boot priority number 1 in BIOS but I'am confused that I have 100MB reserved space on both harddrives (see pic of WINDOWS DISK MANAGEMENT), but I've no idea if that has anything to do with my problem.

Thank you guys so much in advance and let me know if you need more information, I have no idea what is important for you at this point.

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Enigma2Illusion wrote Jan 24, 2015 at 4:53 PM

I believe the problem you are encountering is due to you selected "Encrypt the whole drive" instead of the "Encrypt the Windows system partition" option. You need to exclude the 100 MB system reserved space from the encryption.

Another option is to remove the System Reserved partition. Use Google search to get instructions for the removal procedures or leave the System Reserved partition and only encrypt the Windows system partition "C:" using the option I provided.

I am confused by the fact that you have two System Reserved on your system. The unlabeled System Reserved partition is what I expected to see on a system and the System Reserved E partition should not exist.

You can Google search for how to remove the extra System Reserved. Only one System Reserved should exists and it will not have a drive letter assigned to the partition.

Enigma2Illusion wrote Jan 24, 2015 at 4:54 PM

PS, thank you for providing the screenshots. Very helpful! :)

mattstor wrote Jan 25, 2015 at 2:56 AM

thank you enigma. I fixed the strange reserved space on partition E an I now only have the reserved space on my system harddrive left.

I hoped that would maybe fix the problem already but it still exists.
About only encrypting the windows partition instead of the whole drive: doesn't that create some sort of loophole which could be easy to exploit?

btw: I'm using Windows 7 and my harddrive C is an SSD

thanks again!

Enigma2Illusion wrote Jan 25, 2015 at 4:37 AM

Hello Matt,
I hoped that would maybe fix the problem already but it still exists.
About only encrypting the windows partition instead of the whole drive: doesn't that create some sort of loophole which could be easy to exploit?
Yes, malware could infect the System Reserved boot files. However, the same infection would likely occur while the OS is running. Meaning, the C drive is accessible for the infection and/or the System Reserved partition. See documentation on Malware and Physical Security.

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btw: I'm using Windows 7 and my harddrive C is an SSD
As a FYI, see documentation on Wear-Leveling and Trim Operation.