Pros

  • Encrypts entire drives at the sector level
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • No context menu support
  • Doesn't hide encrypted drives when not mounted

At A Glance

Encrypt entire drives with DiskCryptor, which runs as a service and is configured via a dialog. This free, open-source encryption utility also works in Windows 8 desktop mode.

Manufacturer’s Description

DiskCryptor is an open encryption solution that offers encryption of all disk partitions, including the system partition. The fact of openess goes in sharp contrast with the current situation, where most of the software with comparable functionality is completely proprieatary, which makes it unacceptable to use for protection of confidential data.

Originally DiskCryptor was conceived as a replacement for DriveCrypt Plus Pack and PGP Whole Disk Encryption (WDE). Now, however, the aim of the development of the project is to create the best product in its category. Moreover, in the future, considerable effort will be devoted to the creation of detailed documentation, explaining the internal mechanics of the program, which would be the best confirmation and demonstration of its security.

DiskCryptor releases from 0.1 to 0.4 were fully compatible with TrueCrypt, as they used a corresponding partition format and encrypted data with AES-256 algorithm in LRW mode. Starting from DiskCryptor 0.5, the program relies upon its own partition format, developed specifically for encrypting partitions with data on them, as TrueCrypt format has been originally meant for creation of empty volumes. That move allowed for an increase in DiskCryptor's stability, eliminated many problems associated with file systems, and created an optimal format for further development of the program.

The Specs

Requirements
Operating System Compatibility
  • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Microsoft Windows 8 Desktop
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008
  • Microsoft Windows Vista
  • Microsoft Windows XP
Download Details
License Type Free
File Size 0.59 MB
Total Downloads 2036