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    Encrypt external HDD: future-proof?

    I have a new external 3TB hdd which I want to format in ext4. In 'Disks' I can choose to encrypt the hdd. 99.99% of the time I don't take my external hdd anywhere else than the next room. But I'd feel safer encrypting it still. Not sure yet to do it. However, just out of curiosity, I wonder what will happen for future updates of Ubuntu if I choose to encrypt the external hdd. Is it possible that there might be any compatibility issues or is it safe to encrypt? Also, what happens if I plug such drive in when under Windows 7? I want to avoid at any cost that the file system gets corrupted.
    Last edited by MrsUser; March 12th, 2013 at 11:15 PM.

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    Re: Encrypt external HDD: future-proof?

    Disk encryption uses the LUKS standard which is widely supported by most Linux distros and should not have any future compatability issues. Windows does not support LUKS or ext4 (unless third party software and drivers are installed) and will not do anything to the drive.

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    Re: Encrypt external HDD: future-proof?

    Thank you!

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