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Ability to encrypt hard drive after the install?

asked 2018-05-04 11:39:14 -0500

afonit gravatar image

In the install process one can check a box to 'Encrypt my data':

However, is there an opportunity to do that with an already installed system?

I do see this thorough post which seems to suggest that you still have to drop your data and restore it from a backup (eg no inplace encryption with data in tact - but I am not sure if this is still the latest advise):

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answered 2018-05-05 08:17:33 -0500

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yes you still can do it, but the data on your partition(s) will be erased due to the encryption process

the encrypted partition(s) will have to be recorded in the /etc/crypttab and the /etc/fstab files

see the corresponding man pages for more details

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