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Create a standard encrypted volume

Create a standard encrypted volume

Learn how to create a standard volume using Veracrypt

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Create a standard encrypted volume

Step 1. Open Veracrypt

Launch VeraCrypt to open the main application window 01.png

Step 2. Begin the Volume Creation Wizard

Click [Create Volume] to activate the following VeraCrypt Volume Creation Wizard window 02.png

Container files

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.

Step 3. Choose the type of volume to create

Click [Next] to select which type of volume you would like to create: 03.png

Step 4. Choose a name and location

Make sure that Standard VeraCrypt Volume is selected and click [Next] to choose a name and location for your VeraCrypt container file. 04.png

Step 5. Choose where your volume lives

Click [Select File…] to choose a location for your VeraCrypt container file and specify a name for it. 05.png

Step 6. Find your encrypted volume

Navigate to the folder in which you would like to create your container

Step 7. Name your encrypted volume

Choose a filename for your container and type it into the field at the top of the window

Make sure it's a new name

Do not select a file that already exists! And be sure to remember where you put your container and what you call it.

Remember where you save it

In this example, we created a container called volume on the Desktop, but your container can have any filename and any file extension.

Be creative with names

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.

Hidden in plain sight

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.

USB storage devices

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.

Step 8. Save your encrypted volume

Click [Save] once you have determined a location and chosen name for your VeraCrypt container file: 06.png

Step 9. Configure your encryption Options

Click [Next] to configure your Encryption Options 07.png

Step 10. Configure volume size

Click [Next] to select a volume size 08.png

Specify 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 types of files

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.

Saving to a CD

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.

Saving to a DVD

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.

Specify correct value

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).

Step 12. Choose a passphrase

Click [Next] to choose a passphrase and refer to the password lesson to learn how to do so safely 09.png

Step 13. Enter your new passphrase

Type your passphrase and then re-type it into the Confirm field to activate the Next button.

Step 14. Select filesystem type

Click [Next] to select a filesystem type 10.png

Choosing appropriate 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.

Consider relevant operating system

Linux Ext2 will only work on Linux computers, and NTFS will work on Windows computers and most Linux computers.

Step 15. Add random data

Click [Next] after choosing an appropriate Filesystem type 11.png

Creating random data

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.

Step 16. Create your standard volume

Click [Format] to begin creating your standard volume.
VeraCrypt will let you know when it has finished creating your encrypted volume. 12.png

Step 17. Click [OK]


Step 18. Close the VeraCrypt 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.