TrueCrypt a free and open-source disk encryption tool for Windows, Mac and Linux. In this tutorial I will show you how to set-up TrueCrypt to encrypt your entire hard disk on Windows 8.
Prerequisites for this tutorial
- A Windows machine (XP, Vista, 7 or 8)
- TrueCrypt installed
- Start TrueCrypt, go to System -> Encrypt System Partition/Drive…
- Make sure ‘Normal’ is checked and hit ‘Next >’.
- In this tutorial we will encrypt our entire disk so check ‘Encrypt the whole drive’ and hit ‘Next >’.
- We want to encrypt hidden partitions as well. Check ‘Yes’ and hit ‘Next >’.
- TrueCrypt starts detecting hidden sectors. This might take a few moments.
- If Windows 8 is the only operating system installed, check ‘Single-boot’ and hit ‘Next >’.
- In this screen we will select the encryption algorithm. For most people, the defaults are sufficient enough. Hit ‘Next >’.
- Enter a password. Remember that you will need this password every time you boot your computer. Hit ‘Next >’.
- Move your mouse as randomly as possible within the window. The longer, the better. Hit ‘Next >’ to continue.
- The keys are generated. Hit ‘Next >’.
- Choose a place to save and burn the rescue disk. This is the only chance to get into your machine if you forget your password.
- Leave Wipe Mode to the defaults and hit ‘Next >’.
- Hit ‘Test’.
- Hit ‘OK’.
- Hit ‘Yes’ to restart.
- Enter the password that you’ve entered in step 8 and hit enter.
- The pretest is now complete. Hit ‘Encrypt’ to start encrypting your machine.
- Wait for TrueCrypt to encrypt your hard disk.
- The encryption is complete. Your disk is now encrypted.