Backing up an encrypted drive in Win7.

Discussion in 'alt.windows7.general' started by Peter Jason, Mar 16, 2012.

  1. Peter Jason

    Peter Jason Guest

    I have a dedicated HDD for certain files and this is protected with
    TrueCrypt. I want to back this up to an external drive but I need to
    know if I can just back it up encrypted, or do I need to decrypt, back
    it up, and then recrypt. Is all the encryption backed up, or is the
    backup drive vulnerable. Peter.
    Peter Jason, Mar 16, 2012
    #1
  2. Peter Jason

    BeeJ Guest

    On Fri, Mar 16, 2012 3:40 PM, Peter Jason wrote:
    > I have a dedicated HDD for certain files and this is protected with
    > TrueCrypt. I want to back this up to an external drive but I need to
    > know if I can just back it up encrypted, or do I need to decrypt, back
    > it up, and then recrypt. Is all the encryption backed up, or is the
    > backup drive vulnerable. Peter.

    Does the "encrypted" drive consist of a TrueCrypt file or is the whole
    HDD actually dedicated to encryption via TrueCrypt?
    You could have done either.

    If just a file you can copy that file anywhere and use it as you do the
    current one.

    If the drive itself is encrypted then you can
    1) create a new TrueCrypt encrypted drive
    2) or create an TrueCrypt encrypted file
    and copy the files using drag-drop or any other file copy method.
    BeeJ, Mar 17, 2012
    #2
  3. Peter Jason

    Peter Jason Guest

    On Fri, 16 Mar 2012 17:14:30 -0700, BeeJ <> wrote:

    >On Fri, Mar 16, 2012 3:40 PM, Peter Jason wrote:
    >> I have a dedicated HDD for certain files and this is protected with
    >> TrueCrypt. I want to back this up to an external drive but I need to
    >> know if I can just back it up encrypted, or do I need to decrypt, back
    >> it up, and then recrypt. Is all the encryption backed up, or is the
    >> backup drive vulnerable. Peter.

    >Does the "encrypted" drive consist of a TrueCrypt file or is the whole
    >HDD actually dedicated to encryption via TrueCrypt?
    >You could have done either.
    >
    >If just a file you can copy that file anywhere and use it as you do the
    >current one.
    >
    >If the drive itself is encrypted then you can
    >1) create a new TrueCrypt encrypted drive
    >2) or create an TrueCrypt encrypted file
    >and copy the files using drag-drop or any other file copy method.



    Thanks. The whole original HDD is encrypted, so I will then have to
    encrypt the whole backup HDD too.

    Then, presumably, I will decrypt the original and the Backup HDD, do
    the backup, and then dismount both.

    I use Ghost15, and the size of the HDDs is 250GB each.
    Peter Jason, Mar 17, 2012
    #3
  4. On 3/16/2012 7:21 PM, Peter Jason wrote:
    > On Fri, 16 Mar 2012 17:14:30 -0700, BeeJ<> wrote:
    >
    >> On Fri, Mar 16, 2012 3:40 PM, Peter Jason wrote:
    >>> I have a dedicated HDD for certain files and this is protected with
    >>> TrueCrypt. I want to back this up to an external drive but I need to
    >>> know if I can just back it up encrypted, or do I need to decrypt, back
    >>> it up, and then recrypt. Is all the encryption backed up, or is the
    >>> backup drive vulnerable. Peter.

    >> Does the "encrypted" drive consist of a TrueCrypt file or is the whole
    >> HDD actually dedicated to encryption via TrueCrypt?
    >> You could have done either.
    >>
    >> If just a file you can copy that file anywhere and use it as you do the
    >> current one.
    >>
    >> If the drive itself is encrypted then you can
    >> 1) create a new TrueCrypt encrypted drive
    >> 2) or create an TrueCrypt encrypted file
    >> and copy the files using drag-drop or any other file copy method.

    >
    >
    > Thanks. The whole original HDD is encrypted, so I will then have to
    > encrypt the whole backup HDD too.
    >
    > Then, presumably, I will decrypt the original and the Backup HDD, do
    > the backup, and then dismount both.
    >
    > I use Ghost15, and the size of the HDDs is 250GB each.
    >

    Give the info at this link a viewing.
    It is Truecrypt's own ideas on the subject.

    http://www.truecrypt.org/docs/?s=how-to-back-up-securely
    GlowingBlueMist, Mar 17, 2012
    #4
  5. Peter Jason

    Peter Jason Guest

    On Fri, 16 Mar 2012 20:38:27 -0500, GlowingBlueMist
    <> wrote:

    >On 3/16/2012 7:21 PM, Peter Jason wrote:
    >> On Fri, 16 Mar 2012 17:14:30 -0700, BeeJ<> wrote:
    >>
    >>> On Fri, Mar 16, 2012 3:40 PM, Peter Jason wrote:
    >>>> I have a dedicated HDD for certain files and this is protected with
    >>>> TrueCrypt. I want to back this up to an external drive but I need to
    >>>> know if I can just back it up encrypted, or do I need to decrypt, back
    >>>> it up, and then recrypt. Is all the encryption backed up, or is the
    >>>> backup drive vulnerable. Peter.
    >>> Does the "encrypted" drive consist of a TrueCrypt file or is the whole
    >>> HDD actually dedicated to encryption via TrueCrypt?
    >>> You could have done either.
    >>>
    >>> If just a file you can copy that file anywhere and use it as you do the
    >>> current one.
    >>>
    >>> If the drive itself is encrypted then you can
    >>> 1) create a new TrueCrypt encrypted drive
    >>> 2) or create an TrueCrypt encrypted file
    >>> and copy the files using drag-drop or any other file copy method.

    >>
    >>
    >> Thanks. The whole original HDD is encrypted, so I will then have to
    >> encrypt the whole backup HDD too.
    >>
    >> Then, presumably, I will decrypt the original and the Backup HDD, do
    >> the backup, and then dismount both.
    >>
    >> I use Ghost15, and the size of the HDDs is 250GB each.
    >>

    >Give the info at this link a viewing.
    >It is Truecrypt's own ideas on the subject.
    >
    >http://www.truecrypt.org/docs/?s=how-to-back-up-securely


    I can't get Ghost15 to work on mounted volumes, so I'll just copy over
    the files.
    Peter Jason, Mar 17, 2012
    #5
  6. Peter Jason

    Stan Brown Guest

    On Sat, 17 Mar 2012 15:07:26 +1100, Peter Jason wrote:
    >
    > On Fri, 16 Mar 2012 20:38:27 -0500, GlowingBlueMist
    > <> wrote:
    >
    > >On 3/16/2012 7:21 PM, Peter Jason wrote:
    > >> On Fri, 16 Mar 2012 17:14:30 -0700, BeeJ<> wrote:
    > >>
    > >>> On Fri, Mar 16, 2012 3:40 PM, Peter Jason wrote:
    > >>>> I have a dedicated HDD for certain files and this is protected with
    > >>>> TrueCrypt. I want to back this up to an external drive but I need to
    > >>>> know if I can just back it up encrypted, or do I need to decrypt, back
    > >>>> it up, and then recrypt. Is all the encryption backed up, or is the
    > >>>> backup drive vulnerable. Peter.


    > I can't get Ghost15 to work on mounted volumes, so I'll just copy
    > over the files.


    And as I posted here about a week ago, Acronis True Image won't work
    on he mounted volume either.

    --
    Stan Brown, Oak Road Systems, Tompkins County, New York, USA
    http://OakRoadSystems.com
    Shikata ga nai...
    Stan Brown, Mar 17, 2012
    #6

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