I'm working on a laptop right now that needs encryption. In the past I've used TrueCrypt, and will possibly continue to do so depending on how it all plays out, but unfortunately I need to encrypt now so I went searching for another option. Diskcryptor seems to be a good alternative from everything I've looked through and simple enough to install.
So quickly, what I did was install it, restart, then encrypt the C drive. It took approximately 10 hours, (500GB HDD). It said it was mounted and everything seemed fine. I restarted to test that it worked out alright and Acer responds with "Preparing Automatic Repairs" --> then --> "Diagnosing PC" --> then --> "Attempting Automatic Repairs" and finally when that all fails it pops up to a screen saying "Automatic Repair couldn't repair your PC"
I can either Shut Down or go to Advanced Options.
Under Advanced Options I get:
"Continue: Exit & continue to Windows 8" -> Which promptly returns to attempting automatic repairs.
"Troubleshoot: Refresh or reset your PC, or use advanced tools" -> Which has three options
"Refresh your PC: If your PC isn't running well, you can refresh it without losing your files" -> Didn't want to try yet because the drive is encrypted, I have yet to put the password in so I was afraid it might try replacing supposedly "corrupt" files
"Reset your PC: If you want to remove all of your files you can reset your PC completely" Don't want to do this for obvious reasons...
"Advanced Options" -> Has the following
"System Restore" haven't tried yet
"System Image Recovery" Don't believe I even have an image, so didn't try.
"Automatic Repair" Assume this is the aforementioned item, so haven't tried.
"Command Prompt" I know a decent amount about computers, but I don't know any command line options at the moment that would help.
"UEFI Firmware Settings" Guess I'm out of the loop nowadays as this used to be BIOS... Went here and tried changing things including trying to go to Legacy BIOS with no luck, (Just repeatedly restarted)
"Startup Settings" Takes me back to the Automatic Repair as mentioned above.
Computer Model: Acer Aspire E1-571-6801
I've been dealing with IT-related tasks for several years however recently I haven't kept up with the newest and haven't even used Windows 8 itself much. I'm assuming there is something I'm missing. I'm confident the drive isn't irreparable, so I'm here in hopes that someone might have an idea as to where to go from here. Normally I test all software I've never used on a virtual machine but in this case I was in a pinch and needed to get this drive encrypted, and now I'm paying the price.
Any help would be much appreciated. If any other information is needed, let me know.
Thanks in advance!