Download and Set up VeraCrypt - Windows

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

  1. Download and install VeraCrypt.
  2. Open VeraCrypt by double-clicking the VeraCrypt icon on your desktop, or by selecting it from your programs menu.
  3. Click Create Volume.
  4. Choose Create an encrypted file container and click Next.
  5. Choose Standard VeraCrypt volume and click Next.
  6. Click Select File.
  7. Choose a location and enter a name for the VeraCrypt container. Do not choose an existing file or folder as your VeraCrypt container. Doing so will overwrite the information and it will be lost. 
  8. Click Save after you have entered a name.
  9. Click Next in the Volume Creation Wizard window.
  10. Choose an Encryption Algorithm and a Hash Algorithm for the volume. If you are unsure what to enter here, you may accept the default settings and click Next.
  11. Specify a size for the container and click Next.
  12. Enter a Volume Password. It is important that you create a password that cannot be guessed by others. It is very important that you keep this password in a safe place. If you cannot remember it, and you lose your password, no one can recover it for you and all data stored in your VeraCrypt container will be lost forever.
  13. Click Next after you have entered your password.
  14. Select FAT as your Filesystem type and then move your mouse randomly within the Volume Creation Wizard window for at least 30 seconds. This increases the strength of the encryption keys, which increases security. Click Format when finished.
  15. Once the format is complete, you will see a dialog box informing you that the volume was successfully created. Click OK.
  16. Click Exit.