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truecrypt - encryption problem?


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#1 sniper8752

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 01:53 PM

if someone were to pull out my encrypted drive while i had it unencrypted, and was running a backup, could they view the contents?



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Posted 19 February 2013 - 02:14 PM

If they pulled the drive it would require disconnecting the data and power cables.  I would think that this would return the encryption once it is rebooted.

 

If someone were to do this and install it in another computer and try to boot from it there is a good chance that it will not only not boot, but may not boot once it is installed in the original computer.

 

Here's an explanation for this:

 

When you take a hdd with a Windows OS installed on it that you have been using on one computer and then install it in another computer which you are going to boot from the drive you are asking for major problems. The excerpt below is from a Intel article which describes in detail what happens. The article also mentions a reference to an article by Microsoft, it can be seen here.

"Moving a hard drive with Windows already installed to a new motherboard without reinstalling the operating system is not recommended.

If a hard drive is moved to a new computer, the registry entries and drivers for the mass storage controller hardware on the new motherboard are not installed in Windows for the new computer you may not be able to start Windows. This is true even if you move the hard drive to a motherboard with the same chipset, as different hardware revisions can cause this issue as well.

Additionally, moving a hard drive to a new motherboard may not exhibit any errors until you install new IDE drivers. This is because each chipset uses a different Plug-n-Play (PNP) ID to identify it. If you move your motherboard, your registry will have multiple PNP IDs (for the old hardware as well as the new hardware). If there are multiple entries in the registry, Windows cannot determine which hardware to initialize and therefore fails with a STOP error."


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Posted 19 February 2013 - 02:53 PM

sorry; this is an external hard drive solely used for backing up my laptop.



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Posted 19 February 2013 - 04:06 PM

The encryption turning back on after it's rebooted should still hold true.


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