TrueCrypt is the most famous disk encryption program, however there are still some TrueCrypt alternatives which are worth to try out.
DiskCryptor is a free and open source encryption application, it allows you encrypt every partitions, it’s easy to use, efficient, stable, and supports encrypting USB flash drive and CDs/DVDs. DiskCryptor does NOT support creating file container for virtual drive, if you have this requirement, you could try Comodo Disk Encryption.
DiskCryptor is deadly easy to operate, just select one partition, then press the “Encrypt” button and follow the wizard steps, it allows you choose 7 different types encryption algorithm, set the password and keyfile. Then DiskCryptor will encrypt the whole volume, its speed is very fast, DiskCryptor will NOT delete the files and directories on the drive, it only encrypts them.
After you have encrypted one volume, it’s auto mounted, you could use it as before, the encryption and decryption is on the fly and transparent to you. After you unmounted the volume, it’s not accessible to anyone. If you click it in Windows Explorer, Windows says that “You need to format the disk in drive D: before you can use it. Do you want to format it?” and “Location is not available, The volume does not contain a recognized file system. Please make sure that all required file system drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted.” You have to mount it and input correct password to gain the ability to use it again.
- Easy to use.
- High performance.
- Supports the following file system: NTFS / FAT32 / FAT12 / FAT16 / exFAT.
- Supports the following encryption algorithm: AES, Serpent, Twofish, AES-Twofish, Twofish-Serpent, Serpent-AES, AES-Twofish-Serpent.
- Supports hardware AES acceleration.
- Supports dynamic disks.
- Supports encrypting system partition and pre-boot authentication.
- Supports RAID volumes.
DiskCryptor is compatible with Windows 7, Windows XP / Server 2003 / Server 2008 / Vista / 2000 ( x86 & x64 ).
Download diskcryptor from its developer’s website.