Connect an Encrypted Disk

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To connect an encrypted disk,

1Right click the R-Crypto icon in the system tray and select Connect Disk on the shortcut menu.

Other ways to connect a disk

Click Connect encrypted disk or select Connect on the shortcut menu of the disk in the Recent Encrypted Disks area of the R-Crypto Management Panel


Double-click the encrypted disk file-container in the Windows Explorer


Right-click the encrypted disk file-container in the Windows Explorer and select Connect on the shortcut menu


Right-click the R-Crypto icon in the system tray, select Recent Disks on the shortcut menu, then select the required encrypted disk


Right-click the encrypted disk's file-container in the Windows Explorer select Properties on the shortcut menu, go to the R-Crypto tab, and click the Connect button.

The Connect Encrypted Disk dialog box will appear.

Connect Encrypted Disk dialog box
2Select the encrypted disk file-container (if necessary), enter the password, and click the OK button.

R-Crypto will use the connection options specified during encrypted disk creation or management. To change these options, click the Advanced button and edit them on the Connect Encrypted Disk dialog box. Please note that these changes will affect only the current connection of the encrypted disk. To learn how to make permanent changes in encrypted disk options, go to the Managing Encrypted Disks chapter for details.

Connect Encrypted Disk dialog box

Connect Encrypted Disk options


Shows the location of the file-container of the encrypted disk.


Enter the password for this encrypted disk.

Open drive after connect

Select this check box to make R-Crypto immediately open the disk in Windows Explorer after connection.

Advanced Options:

Use advanced options to override the default connect options specified on the General tab of the encrypted disk Properties panel.

Connect to

Select the drive letter under which the connected encrypted disk will be visible to your system. Select <Auto> to let R-Crypto select the drive letter itself. Note that R-Crypto shows only drive letters currently available for the connection. It is impossible to connect an encrypted disk using the letter that is occupied by another device in the system. Instead of selecting a drive letter you may also select any empty NTFS folder as a disk connection point by clicking <Browse...>.

Connect the disk as write protected

Select this check box if you want to connect the encrypted disk as a read-only device. You will be able to read data from the disk but not to write anything to it.

Emulate fixed disk

Select this checkbox if you want that your system sees the disk as a fixed one. Use this option only if you plan to share this disk on Windows XP or later Windows versions.

*R-Crypto will connect the selected encrypted disk and it will appear in My Computer.

If the Show notifications in system tray option is selected on the General tab of the R-Crypto Settings panel, R-Crypto will show the "The encrypted disk <DiskName> is successfully connected as Removable Disk (<DiskLetter>:)." message in the balloon ToolTip appearing at the R-Crypto icon in the system tray. If the Emulate fixed disk option is selected, R-Crypto will show it as "Local Disk (<DiskLetter>:)" in this message.

You may access your data on this encrypted disk as it was on a conventional disk in your system.