Solved How safe is encrypting a drive

June 12, 2014 at 03:32:55
Specs: Windows 64
Hi All
I have some questions that I hope someone can help with. I have a large drive that I run Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit. I have partitioned this drive into 2, C drive and D drive. I save all word files, photos and scans to D. I want to encrypted D drive, but I am worried on how safe it is. For example, If my motherboard went down and I had to get another, perhaps not the same make or I had to get another CPU or reload windows for some reason, or I lost my Windows disk and had to buy another. If I know the password and key, would I always be able to get on my D partition?

There is a virus in the news that will encrypt your files until you pay a ransom. If my D partition was encrypted, could a virus on C still be able to get on D and cause damage?

I have not been using a computer for long so any information would be of great help. I have tried Google but could not find what I needed, perhaps I searched it wrong.

Thank you


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#1
June 12, 2014 at 07:03:23
What type of encryption?

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#2
June 12, 2014 at 09:06:44
Hi I want to use Windows 7 own encryption, bit locker

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#3
June 12, 2014 at 09:28:38
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Regardless of the encryption issue and also the "ransom" threat.. Always wise(r) to have "all" your data and anything you seriously wouldn't wish to lose (or lose access to) copied/duplicated elsewhere - off the system entirely.

Using encryption - I'd incline to the view that any hacker/ransom type would be aware of the built-in windows versions.. So I might be inclined to use a third-party one (PGP being of course the usual first recommendation/choice)?

Ideally another external HD; if possible even an NAS - but ensure its only connected etc. when you need to be. Also use DVD - and keep them safely stored of course (they break awfully easy if you tread on them...) DVDR is of course a one shot recording deal - meaning you can't update (add/delete to contents) once disk is properly closed; but they are secure from "all" attacks...DVD-RW might be vulnerable in that latter regard; although I've not heard of it happening...

Either way I'd advise external copies; regularly updated (even if it means burning a fresh DVDR each time - keeping the previous copies too); and also an external HD... Two different forms of backup media are not very likely to go down at the same - barring the totally unexpected (and no-one expects/expected the Spanish Inquisition... - as per Monty Python scripts); and of course solar flares, attacks by aliens; even ants in the system as was recently posted here...

Ensure your virus utilities are current at all times; and maybe even run a Kaspersky or similar virus rescue disk. These (Linux based disks) install themselves into RAM only; update themselves re' pests and then scan fully. They often find "stuff" that gets hidden once the installed OS boots up... and some of that "stuff" is pain to remove when the OS is active - if it can be at all in that mode. When the Kaspersky (and similar) disk is involved the pests have nowhere to hide...; thus often removed... And there are other safe useful hunt and clean out pests utilities too, which to be run at intervals...; all of which will keep the system pretty safe and clean (and almost all are "free").


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#4
June 12, 2014 at 14:49:01
To guard against Cryptolocker virus download and install the small free program CryptoPrevent. This also keeps some other viruses from running.

As already given it is always safest to backup on an external drive that is either disconnected after use or if used frequently then disable it in Device Manager after use instead.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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