1 Reply Latest reply on Aug 31, 2016 1:15 PM by SafeBoot

    Drive encryption on a Slave Drive 7.1.3


      Hi All,


      Have a scenario that im trying to see if its possible:


      1. Machine-A is encrypted

      2. Want to take out drive  and plug into a Machine-B as a slave drive (Eg: Machine-A had hardware issues but drive was still perfect)

      3. Machine-B is setup with the same user as Machine-A, with drive encryption installed

      4. Machine-B has the  Machine-A drive plugged in as slave

      5. Would it be possible for the Machine-B to access the Machine-A to copy the relevant docs to Machine-B drive?


      See below comment in RED,


      Although DETech Standalone version includes more functionality than the DETech WinPE recovery media, such as being able to do an DE/EEPC Emergency Boot, the WinPE version is much faster than the standalone version. The WinPE version also allows you to:

      • Access the encrypted hard disk.
      • Fix Windows problems.
      • Copy user data to another drive before re-imaging.
      • Run any of the Windows tools.
      • Access the network.
        • 1. Re: Drive encryption on a Slave Drive 7.1.3

          No. It won't be possible to access drive A if it's slaved to machine B (and you booted from the drive in Machine B).


          Drive encryption uses a boot-drive specific key. All drives on each system are encrypted with a unique key particular to that system.

          Each allocated user has a copy of that system-specific key encrypted with their personal user key.


          So, you can't move a 2nd drive to a system using a different boot drive - the encryption keys are different.


          If you want to access a drive, you need to either boot it, or boot up from a CD/USB stick containing DETech (which can load any system key).


          If you slave a drive from Machine A on Machine B, then boot machine B from a WinPE DETech CD/USB, you'll be able to access either drive, but not both together. 

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