Originally Posted by rh71
ugh, truecrypt is saying it will run 2 days to encrypt my drive. I'm not sure if that means it's doing the entire 3TB or just the actual data I have on there (something over 1TB).
- I thought I read on their site that it doesn't encrypt existing files but creates a volume which is encrypted and I move files over? What is it actually doing?
- Is it bad for an external hard drive to run constantly for 2 days doing this encryption? There's no way to access the data on it until this is done. Other option is to format the whole thing and start over I think.
Read more. TrueCrypt is encrypting the partition based on your description. Let it finish, don't forget your password. No, it won't hurt your drive unless the drive is already starting to fail...
Please...read the TC documentation prior to beginning the process in the future. TC offers many ways to protect your data:
1. Encrypted File
2. Partition Encryption
3. Whole Disk Encryption
4. Whole Disk with Hidden partition (my personal fav)