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Whole Disk Encryption for a Win 7 Pro Laptop

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by tjtom, Mar 11, 2019.

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  1. tjtom

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    Hello All,

    I wish to encrypt the whole disk (OS, apps and data) in my old backup laptop. My OS is Windows 7 Professional. The computer is in good condition but is about 6 years old so I am not planning on buying an OS upgrade. I mention that because most of the searching I've done has led to articles recommending that BitLocker be used to encrypt a Windows 7 Pro system. However, that is not an option under Win 7 Pro as only the Win 7 Enterprise and Ultimate versions support BitLocker.

    After researching my options I have settled on using VeraCrypt. My question for the group is... have I missed anything else I should consider? Also, is there a dark downside to using VeraCrypt that I may have missed?

    I plan to use VeraCrypt with pre-boot authentication on the laptop and also use it on the external USB hard drives that I use for backups.

    Any advise / comments / better ideas appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Tom
     
  2. SpywareDr

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    VeraCrypt is fine. The only tip is do NOT forget your password(s).
     
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