TrueCrypt 6.1 encryption software released

November 3, 2008 – 7:22 AM

TrueCrypt 6.1, the open source, cross platform disk encryption tool, now supports the encryption of non-system partitions under Windows Vista and Server 2008, without losing the existing data on that partition. However users need to choose “Create Volume/Encrypt a non-system partition/Standard volume/Select Device/Encrypt partition in place” to make use of the feature. The same functionality is not available under Windows XP, 2000 and Server 2003, as these operating systems don’t have an option for shrinking file systems, which TrueCrypt uses to allow it to make space for its own volume and backup headers.

Users can now set their own boot loader text, or turn it off completely, for a silent start up. Selecting the boot loader text off option makes it more difficult for inquisitive people to guess the type of boot loader used. Another new feature is the ability for an entered password to be cached in the driver’s memory and used to mount encrypted data partitions automatically, after the system has booted.


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