VeraCrypt update brings TrueCrypt volume support

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 31, 2014
Updated • Sep 14, 2018

VeraCrypt is one of the encryption programs that came to popularity after the end of the popular encryption software TrueCrypt.

It features the traditional TrueCrypt interface and functionality, and is based on the software's code.

Core changes were made to security however.

This includes fixes for several of the weaknesses found in the first part of the TrueCrypt security audit among other enhancements.

One of the core usability issues of VeraCrypt up until now was that it did not support TrueCrypt volumes.

This meant that TrueCrypt users who were looking for a replacement could not mount their existing volumes using the application.

The only option to overcome this was to decrypt the storage using TrueCrypt before encrypting it again in the VeraCrypt application.

Users who did not want to convert the volume in first place could not use the program at all to interact with their volumes.

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This changed yesterday with the release of VeraCrypt 1.0f which ships with support for TrueCrypt volumes.

TrueCrypt volumes can be mounted using the program now which resolves the issue for TrueCrypt users who want to switch to another encryption software.

Even better, the developers have integrated an option to convert TrueCrypt volumes to VeraCrypt volumes. This means that it is no longer necessary to decrypt the entire volume using TrueCrypt to encrypt it with VeraCrypt afterwards to create native volumes supported by the software.

TrueCrypt volumes are converted when users run any of the following actions on the volume:

  1. Change the encryption password of the volume.
  2. Set the header key derivation algorithm.
  3. Add or remove key files.

It is necessary that TrueCrypt mode is checked in the dialog as you see on the screenshot below.

The release marks an important step in the development of VeraCrypt as it becomes attractive for TrueCrypt users who have not switched to another application yet.

It is now as easy as mounting a volume in TrueCrypt to get started with VeraCrypt.

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  1. Korven said on January 2, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    When trying to install I get blacked out text after the check boxes.
    Do you know what’s up with that?

  2. rod said on January 2, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Hi Martin,

    A serious issue with many auto-converters: if the on-the-fly conversion fails/crashes you lose everything — unless, of course, IDRIX programmed his auto-converter to copy and re-encrypt the TrueCrypt container, creating a new VeraCrypt container while leaving the TrueCrypt container intact, or he built in some other safety precaution. Did he? I’m not going to take the risk to find out. :)

    Also, how would it handle converting 4x 200GB containers on a 1TB HD ?

  3. Doc said on January 1, 2015 at 1:33 am

    How does this compare with the other fork I’ve heard of, CipherShed?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on January 1, 2015 at 9:11 am

      Ciphershed is still at the rebranding stage so it is basically a rebranded TrueCrypt 7.1

  4. LMD said on December 31, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    I’ll see how it works, and probably will install the program.
    Martin, long time ago I read your articles on the website.
    Thank you.
    And happy new year!

  5. Jeff said on December 31, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Great news. Thanks for another well written article Mr. Brinkman.

  6. ansar said on December 31, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Thanks for the update on this. I am still on the fence on switching from TrueCrypt, but I guess I will have to eventually.

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