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  • Drive Encyption and Paging File/Tempfiles

    I am trialing drive encryption (TrueCrypt) and have created an encrypted D drive. I set my paging file to exist on the D drive so it is also encrypted and therefore safe and done the same with the temp directories.

    The problem is the screen goes all funny at boot time (splits into 4 sqiggly screens) and then comes up. It was unable to create the pagefile as there is not yet a d drive. You have to use truecrypt to make the d drive by putting in the password, which makes sense since that's what keeps the data safe.

    The temp directories are used after the d drive becomes available but the pagefile.sys is not created or used that I can tell. This is a problem because either it means I have to keep the pagefile on the unencrypted C drive which is a security risk or I have to do without a pagefile entirely.

    Has anybody come across this issue and got any ideas for dealing with it? Perhaps you use some other drive encryption software which you think is better?

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    Re: Drive Encyption and Paging File/Tempfiles

    you can try this for clearing the pagefile
    http://www.petri.com/pagefile_optimization.htm
    Marcel
    Technical Consultant
    Netherlands
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      Re: Drive Encyption and Paging File/Tempfiles

      I'm already aware of this option and have previously made reg files to switch this on or off and also used the group policy settings as well.

      However this isn't enough as a clever person would just yank the plug, leaving the pagefile on disk and then recover it to try to steal something.

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