I have reviewed the open source tool Extcv back in July and came to the conclusion that it offered TrueCrypt users an elegant and unobtrusive option to resize the TrueCrypt volume on the fly. The biggest problem back then was that the software was only compatible up to TrueCryt 6, and incompatible with TrueCrypt 7 which had been available for some time back then.
Users who work with TrueCrypt containers need to specify a container size during creation. TrueCrypt itself does not offer to change the size of the container once it has been created, which can be a problem if the space of the container runs low. Your only options? Delete data in the container or create a new larger container and move the data from the old into the new. That takes time and is not the best option, especially if the container is not hosted locally.
So, Extcv offers another possibility. The software can manipulate the size of TrueCrypt containers on the fly so that they can be expanded if necessary.
The software has just been updated, the biggest change is that it is now fully compatible with TrueCrypt 7, so that users of TrueCrypt 7 do not have to downgrade the software if they want to make use of Extcv to increase the size of their encrypted container.
Extcv is compatible with all kind of TrueCrypt volumes. This includes container files, disks and partitions that are formatted with the NTFS file system. The only requirement of the program is enough free disk space on the hosting device so that the volume can be expanded.
There is one limitation though. The software cannot be used to expand a volume containing a second hidden volume.
To use Extcv users need to select the file or device first, which cannot be mounted at this stage. The program then asks the user whether a hidden volume exists in the selected volume. This is a security question, as it will terminate the process if the user confirms the existence of a hidden volume.
The volume password needs to be entered in the next step.
The new size of the TrueCrypt volume has to be selected in the next step.
Next up is the generation of random numbers which completes the process.
Extcv, which is only available for Windows operating systems, is a great tool for TrueCrypt users. The free open source tool makes the resizing of TrueCrypt volumes a breeze. TrueCrypt users can download the latest version from the Sourceforge project page (via Caschy)Advertisement
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