Accessing TrueCrypt Containers - Windows

Do not delete the TrueCrypt container or lose your password. If you do, the files you've placed in the container can never be opened again.

  1. Open TrueCrypt by double-clicking the blue TrueCrypt icon on your desktop, or by selecting it from your programs menu.
  2. Select a drive letter from the list you will be shown. This will be the drive letter to which the TrueCrypt container will be mounted. Do not choose a drive on which you already have files, such as the C: drive!
  3. Click Select File.
  4. In the file selector, browse to the TrueCrypt My Container file, single-click it and then click Open.
  5. In the main TrueCrypt window, click Mount. The password prompt dialog window should open.
  6. Enter your password in the dialog window and then click OK.  You should then access your TrueCrypt container.
  7.  The TrueCrypt container is entirely encrypted (including file names, folders, free space, etc.). You can save, copy or move files to this container and they will be encrypted on the fly as they are being written. If you open a file stored in the container, the file will be automaticaly decrypted. You may also browse to the container the way you normally browse on any hard drive or USB key.
  8. To lock the container and make it inaccessible without the password, select it from the list of containers and click Dismount.

Adding TrueCrypt Volumes as Favorites

  1. Open the TrueCrypt application.
  2. Mount the TrueCrypt volume (see above).
  3. Select the Favorites menu in the top of the TrueCrypt window.
  4. In the Favorites Volumes window, give your favorite a name and click OK.
  5. You will now be able to mount your favorite volume from the Favorites drop-down menu.