After you've used Encryptability software to create new Virtual Encrypted Disk, the disk is initially created in an inactive state, waiting for you to start using it. In order to actually start using the Virtual Encrypted Disk to store your files and folders, you need to start it first.

There are several ways of starting a Virtual Encrypted Disk. If the Encryptability application is running and the disk already appears in its list, you can double-click on the Virtual Encrypted Disk to begin the process. Or, if there is no Encryptability window on the screen, you can use the Encryptability taskbar icon, by clicking on the icon with the mouse and selecting the Start command from the menu. You can use the method that's most convenient for you, either one should result in the same password prompt displayed:

This is the point where those in the know are separated from the rest. If you know the password, you will be let in: the Virtual Encrypted Disk will be started and all files and folders it contains will become available for use. If you don't know the password, the Virtual Encrypted Disk will remain the cold pile of useless 1s and 0s and no power in the whole Universe will be able to decrypt them.

Be sure to enter the password exactly as you've supplied it when creating the Virtual Encrypted Disk: the password is case-sensitive, and if you've entered any spaces or special characters when creating the Virtual Encrypted Disk, you need to enter them here as well, in the exact same order. If your computer has several input languages installed, you need to select the correct one, too, by pressing the input language switch key combination defined in Windows Control Panel. You can see the currently selected input language to the right of the password box.

If you are not sure what you've typed in, you can click on the Display the password box and the plain text of the password you've typed in will be shown. (Before you do that, you may want to check your room for hidden cameras watching your screen. Yes, the bad guys eager to get your secrets could be very sneaky!)

Remember this password for this session option

If you plan to start and stop this Virtual Encrypted Disk several times during the day without stepping away from the computer, or if you plan on starting several Virtual Encrypted Disk protected with the same password, you can save yourself a bit of typing and select this option. If this option is selected, then Encryptability will remember the password you've just entered until your computer is restarted. Then, when starting the same or another Virtual Encrypted Disk protected with the same password, you would not need to enter the same password again: when the password prompt appears again, leave the password box empty and press the Next button. In such a case, Encryptability would try the passwords that you have chosen to remember and use them to start the Virtual Encrypted Disk(s) (If the remembered password does not work for a particular Virtual Encrypted Disk, Encryptability will inform you about that and ask you to enter a different password.

If you use the Remember this password for this session option, the password will be remembered until you restart Windows, or choose the Forget passwords command, available on the main Encryptability screen (by clicking on the number that shows the current number the passwords that Encryptability keeps in the memory. This command is also available on the menu of the Encryptability taskbar icon, for quick access when you need it.

(In case you are wondering: Encryptability does not store the plain text of the password, it only stores its hash value. This way, if someone gets hold of your computer and scans its memory looking for the stored passwords, s/he won't find any.)

Other options

Note also a few more options on the same window that you can select before pressing the Next button. These options let you control what happens after the Virtual Encrypted Disk is started:

Of course, you can also leave the options as they are for now, and just enter the password and click Next. What happens then is very much like sort of a digital magic: the random bytes of the Virtual Encrypted Disk that previously were not making sense, are suddenly starting to come together in an orderly way, and the Virtual Encrypted Disk "starts" to come alive: it appears like a regular disk in the Computer folder:

If this is the first time that you've started the Virtual Encrypted Disk, it will be empty. You can start filling it up with the files and folders that you want to be encrypted.

You can see why this disk is called "virtual": there is no actual physical disk with that letter attached to you computer. The C: disk is the main hard drive, the D: disk is your CD-ROM drive, you may or may not have other disks (such as the E: and F: disks shown in the example above). The G: disk is the host USB drive (encrypted with Encryptability). And, finally, the H: drive, is the virtual disk that appears just like any other disk you might have, but that represents the encrypted area that you have created on the host disk G:.

You can use the Virtual Encrypted Disk just like any real disk: you can create folders inside of it, rename and delete files, change their attributes, open files off it, and so on. You can even defragment the Virtual Encrypted Drive, or share it on your network, if you want. For most practical purposes, the Virtual Encrypted Disk is indistinguishable from any regular disk of the same kind. The only (and very important) difference is that the Virtual Encrypted Disk becomes a disk only after you have entered the correct password. This is something that the regular disks are incapable of.

Go ahead, move your personal files that you want to be encrypted into the Virtual Encrypted Disk that you've just started. If you are only starting learning Encryptability, you may want not to move, but copy the files for now: in this case, if something goes wrong, and you want to start over, you would still have the original unencrypted copies left on your hard disk. When you are comfortable with the Encryptability software and the whole concept of the Virtual Encrypted Disks, and also when you have a reliable backup, you can "securely" delete the original unencrypted copies of the private files, and have only the encrypted ones to work with, inside of the Virtual Encrypted Disk.

Now that you've had the Virtual Encrypted Disk started and running, what do you do to lock its back and make the encrypted files protected and inaccessible to no one besides you? For that, you need to stop the Virtual Encrypted Disk and return it to the cold conglomerate of the random 1s and 0s.


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