Learn how to create a standard volume using Veracrypt
Mansour is an investigative journalist who wants to share the app with his source Magda who has a sensitive story about government corruption. She wants to enable Magda to communicate safely and share documents.
He needs to be careful to share the app and its content in ways that doesn't allow to link them together to protect Magda as a source.
Launch VeraCrypt to open the main application window
Click [Create Volume] to activate the following VeraCrypt Volume Creation Wizard window
A VeraCrypt container file is an encrypted volume that is stored within a single file. This container can be renamed, moved, copied or deleted like any other file.
Click [Next] to select which type of volume you would like to create:
Make sure that Standard VeraCrypt Volume is selected and click [Next] to choose a name and location for your VeraCrypt container file.
Click [Select File…] to choose a location for your VeraCrypt container file and specify a name for it.
Navigate to the folder in which you would like to create your container
Choose a filename for your container and type it into the field at the top of the window
Do not select a file that already exists! And be sure to remember where you put your container and what you call it.
In this example, we created a container called volume on the Desktop, but your container can have any filename and any file extension.
For example, you can name your container recipes.docx or holidays.mpg in hopes that a casual observer will think it is a Microsoft Word document or a video file.
This is one way you can help disguise the existence of a VeraCrypt container, but it will not work against someone with the time and resources to search your device thoroughly.
If you want to create a VeraCrypt container on a USB storage device, simply navigate to the device (rather than to a folder on your computer) before choosing a filename.
Click [Save] once you have determined a location and chosen name for your VeraCrypt container file:
Click [Next] to configure your Encryption Options
Click [Next] to select a volume size
The Volume Size window lets you specify the size of the container you are about to create. In this section, we will create a 250 MB volume, but you might want to specify a different size.
Consider the number of files — and, more importantly, the types of files — you intend to store in your encrypted volume. Image files and videos, in particular, can fill up a small VeraCrypt container very quickly.
If you think you might want to backup your container file on a CD, you should choose a size that is 700 MB or less.
For a DVD backup, it should be 4.5 GB or less. If you intend to upload the container file to an online storage service, you will have to determine a reasonable size based on the speed of your Internet connection.
Type the size of the volume you would like to create. Make sure you select the correct value for KB (kilobytes), MB (megabytes), GB (gigabytes) or TB (terabytes).
Click [Next] to choose a passphrase and refer to the password lesson to learn how to do so safely
Type your passphrase and then re-type it into the Confirm field to activate the Next button.
Click [Next] to select a filesystem type
The default value ("FAT") will work for most people and is compatible with Linux, Windows and Mac OS X computers. However, if you intend to store files that are larger than 4 GB (for a single file), then you will have to select a different Filesystem type.
Linux Ext2 will only work on Linux computers, and NTFS will work on Windows computers and most Linux computers.
Click [Next] after choosing an appropriate Filesystem type
VeraCrypt is now ready to create a standard encrypted volume within a container file. If you move your mouse within the VeraCrypt Volume Creation Wizard window, it will produce random data that will help strengthen the encryption.
Click [Format] to begin creating your standard volume.
VeraCrypt will let you know when it has finished creating your encrypted volume.
Click [Exit] to close the VeraCrypt Volume Creation Wizard and return to VeraCrypt's main window. (If you click [Next], VeraCrypt will begin walking you through the process of creating another encrypted volume.)
You should now see your 250 MB container file in the location you chose in Step 6.