19 July 2009

Truecrypt 6.2 and Ext4

Once again, I had to create a new TrueCrypt volume because I ran out of disk space on my old one. It was huge, so the entire process took almost an hour to complete. :-(

I decided to try the new ext4 filesystem and the following is what I did:

1. Start up TrueCrypt and create a volume using the GUI, without specifying a file system.

2. After the TrueCrypt volume has been successfully created, mount it using the TrueCrypt GUI. Ensure that under Options, the "Do not mount" option is checked.

3. In a terminal window, type: sudo mkfs.ext4 /dev/mapper/truecrypt1

4. After the formatting is done, use the TrueCrypt GUI to dismount and remount the TrueCrypt volume.

You should now be able to start using your TrueCrypt volume.

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