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should i reinstall natty 11.04


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#1 boregard

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Posted 04 August 2011 - 11:48 AM

i ran natty 11.04 in dual boot with vista for a while and liked ubuntu so much i got a live cd and did away with windows. however there's a couple of things i wish i had done. i wish i had encrypted my home files or home directory. and i have 2 different passwords for my keyring and login passwords. i guess what i am asking would it be simpler for a noob like me to use my live cd and reinstall ubuntu and or could i use dban and completely wipe harddrive and start allover? what would be easiest for someone who doesn't know much about computers? thanks for any help or advice, boregard

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Posted 04 August 2011 - 01:15 PM

The link below has some very useful info on encryption. It recommends not using a Live CD but rather
an Alternate Installer ISO image. I've never attempted or really have a need for encrypting so I want be any
help other than pointing you to this link: Home directory and full disk encryption in Ubuntu 11.04

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Posted 04 August 2011 - 05:25 PM

thanks much for the link, any help is appreciated.

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 11:25 PM

Were you looking for whole disc encryption or just the "encrypt home folder" option that's available when you install from live cd? If the latter then I'd suggest a reinstall using the live cd.

If you want to keep things as they are, you could always use TrueCrypt to create an encrypted partition on your current set up. Guide with screenshots (old 8.04?) version of Ubuntu, but method is still the same

http://linuxandfriends.com/2010/02/03/how-to-truecrypt-setup-on-ubuntu-linux/

Hope this helps?

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Posted 06 August 2011 - 09:18 PM

thanks for your reply richard s. i was trying to encrypt home folder. i couldn't see the advantage so i just reinstalled with live cd and didn't bother with trying to encrypt it. thats why it has taken me awhile to reply. much thanks!

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Posted 07 August 2011 - 01:04 AM

Thanks for the update & glad you've got it sorted to what you're happy with!

Richard




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