TrueCrypt is an open source software for Windows 7/Vista/XP, Mac OS X, and Linux. Using TrueCrypt you can set up and maintain an on-the-fly encrypted volume. This post will show you how to encrypt a USB Flash Drive using TrueCrypt on Windows.
Encrypt USB Flashdrive with Truecrypt in Windows:
TrueCrypt can be installed on your computer or it can be extracted and run as a portable application, but to encrypt flash drives you need to have the installed version.
Encrypt Flash Drive
- Download Windows version of Truecrypt and Install.
- Run TrueCrypt and hit Create Volume
- In the TrueCrypt volume creation wizard, select “Create a volume within partition drive” option and click Next.
- Select “Standard TrueCrypt volume” for Volume Type and click Next.
- Now select the Device which you want to encrypt and click Next.
- Select Yes when prompted if you’re sure you want to encrypt the entire device. Click Next.
- Choose the encryption algorithm and hash algorithm. Select AES or TwoFish both are strong encryption algorithm. Click Next.
- Now set the volume password or you can also use keyfiles. Keyfile can be any type of file you want or else you can create a new keyfile too. Click Next.
- In the Volume Format option, select FAT filesystem if you want cross-platform support. Click on Next.
- The drive will now be formatted for use. The time taken will depend upon your drive size.
Note: If you loose the keyfile, all the files you encrypt will be lost for ever so store the keyfile used safely.
Mount Encrypted Flash Drive
- Plug in your flash drive and run TrueCrypt.
- Select the encrypted volume device.
- Select a drive letter and click on the “Mount” button to mount the encrypted file.
- Enter your password or provide the keyfile or both and click Ok.
- The device will be mounted on your selected drive.
Unmount Encrypted Flash Drive
- Open TrueCrypt
- Select the mounted drive and click “Unmount.”
Download: TrueCrypt for Windows