Reading mounted encrypted disks

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barley
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Reading mounted encrypted disks

Post by barley » 24 Jan 2011 14:11

Hi Mael,

thank you for this great program.

I use diskcryptor, and I wonder when I open a disk encrypted with diskcryptor through "extras > open disk > physical disks" should I see the encrypted info or the unencrypted?

Thanks.

Best wishes,

Barley

Maël
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Re: Reading mounted encrypted disks

Post by Maël » 24 Jan 2011 17:04

Barley,

HxD shows the disk in a raw byte stream as returned by the hardware. Depending on how DiskCryptor works, that means that either all or parts of the data you see is encrypted (for example partition data may be unencrypted). It is possible though unlikely that DiskCryptor uses a driver to filter access to the physical drive and return unencrypted or otherwise modified data.

In other words, you'd have to ask the authors of DiskCryptor to know for sure.

barley
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Re: Reading mounted encrypted disks

Post by barley » 24 Jan 2011 19:47

Thank you - from the looks of the data it seems encrypted, but I was wondering, since there is a driver which is supposed to en/decrypt all disk access.

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Re: Reading mounted encrypted disks

Post by Maël » 24 Jan 2011 20:57

barley wrote:Thank you - from the looks of the data it seems encrypted, but I was wondering, since there is a driver which is supposed to en/decrypt all disk access.
Probably it just decrypts using a file system driver (filter driver). So when you read files it gets decrypted but the logical and physical drives stay encrypted.

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