Create a New Encrypted Disk

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To create a new encrypted disk,

1Double-click the R-Crypto icon in the system tray to show R-Crypto Management Panel and click Run new encrypted disk creation wizard task on it.

Other ways to create an encrypted disk

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

or

In the Windows Explorer, go a place where are you going to store the file container for the encrypted disk, right-click there, select New, and select R-Crypto file container on the shortcut menu.

The New Encrypted Disk Creation Wizard will appear.

Welcome to the Encrypted Disk Creation Wizard page

Click the Next button to continue.

You may make R-Crypto not to show the first and the last pages in the wizards. Clear Show Welcome and Completion pages next time. To resume showing these pages, select Show welcome and completion pages in wizards on the General tab of the R-Crypto Settings panel.

2Specify the name and location of a file-container for the new encrypted disk and size of the new encrypted disk on the General Encrypted Disk Information page and click the Next button.
General Encrypted Disk Information page

General Encrypted Disk Information options

Container name

Specify the name of the file-container. That should be only the file name without a drive letter and path.

Container location

Specify the path to the file-container. You may enter the location directly,  select a location, or select <Browse> to browse to the required place.

Disk size

Specify the size of the new encrypted disk. You may also use the slider to select the size of the new encrypted disk. If needed, you may change the disk size later.

3Select the encryption settings for the new encrypted disk on the Encryption Setting page and click the Next button.
Encryption Settings page

You may select the settings either from a predefined set, or select them separately on the Encryption Settings dialog box. To reach the Encryption Settings dialog box select Custom settings or click the Custom button.

Click the Default button to make the encryption settings as they specified on the the Encryption tab of the R-Crypto Settings panel.

The Selected encryption settings field briefly describes the settings you have selected. Please note that you need to select Best compatible if you plan to use the new encrypted disk on Windows 2000. You may learn more about the encryption and hash algorithms on the Cryptographic and Hash Algorithms topic.

4Select the default connection point (drive letter or empty NTFS folder), file system, creation and default connect options for the new encrypted disk on the Encrypted Disk Options page and click the Next button.
Encrypted Disk Options page

Encrypted Disk options

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. You may also select any empty NTFS folder as a disk connection point by clicking <Browse...>. This option can be modified later on the General tab of the encrypted disk Properties panel.

Show only available drive letter

If this check box is selected, let R-Crypto shows only drive letters available for the connection. It is impossible to connect an encrypted disk using the letter that is occupied by another device in the system.

File system

Select a file system for the new encrypted disk. You may also select None to leave the disk unformatted to formate it later using standard Windows utilities.

Encrypt empty space of the disk while creation

Select this check box if your want R-Crypto to encrypt the empty space in the disk's file container. This option increases time necessary to create a disk but also increases security as it conceals the size of the encrypted disk' s file-container occupied by actual data.

Automatically connect this disk after creation

Select this check box if you want to have this disk automatically connected upon creation.

Emulate fixed disk

Select this checkbox if you want your system see the new disk as a fixed one. This option is only used while connecting the disk and doesn't affect the disk creation process in any way. This option can be modified later on the General tab of the encrypted disk Properties panel.

Select Emulate fixed disk only if you plan to share the new disk on Windows XP or later Windows versions.

5Enter the password for the new encrypted disk on the Encrypted Disk Password page and click the Next button.
Encrypted Disk Password page

Go to the Best Security Practices topic for more information on how to choose a strong password.

6On the Completing the New Encrypted Disk Creation Wizard page Click the Finish button to complete the creation of the new encrypted disk.
Completing the New Encrypted Disk Creation Wizard page

You may make R-Crypto not to show the first and the last pages in the wizards. Clear Show Welcome and Completion pages next time. To resume showing these pages, select Show welcome and completion pages in wizards on the General tab of the R-Crypto Settings panel.

*R-Crypto will start creating the new encrypted disk showing its progress.

The New encrypted disk... message box will appear when R-Crypto finishes creating the new encrypted disk.