Encrypting external harddrive in windows vista with GnuPG

John Clizbe JPClizbe at tx.rr.com
Sat Jul 19 07:57:35 CEST 2008

Kunal Shah wrote:
> John Clizbe wrote:
> | Kunal Shah wrote:
> |> I need to encrypt external hard drive in windows vista with GnuPG. is
> |> there any tool available to achieve that?
> |
> | GnuPG isn't the right tool.  Look at something like TrueCrypt
> | (Generic advice since you do not state which OS you need to support.)
> As I said I am using windows vista. 

Yeah, caught that an OHNo-second after clicking send. Distracted by spousal
"Dinner!" notification.

Love LONG subject lines for hiding information. Guess I'm used to folks putting
all required information in the body where it may be searched w/o having to
depend on the subject header.

> Isn't Windows vista doing the same thing by encrypting drive or folder?

By 'same thing' I'll guess you mean 'encrypting.' Yeah, it's doing that. BUT...
also consider:

  1) Windows Encryption (EFS) is a 'black box'.
  2) It is only usable on Windows systems

Truecrypt is open source and works on Windows Vista/XP, Linux, and Mac OS.
(see http://www.truecrypt.org/ )

PGP also offers whole disk encryption in their products. (http://www.pgp.com/ )

Most on this list would probably go for a FOSS solution. You need to pick the
solution that's best for your situation. In my own case, I use PGP for
Windows-only stuff and TrueCrypt for things that need to be portable.

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