(This might not be an Ubuntu-specific question?)

When I installed 9.10, I opted to encrypt my home folder using ecryptfs, but then I discovered this locked me out of my ext3 partition when I tried to access it from Windows on my dual-boot machine (using some free ext2/3 driver that I got somewhere, not even sure which one).

Is there a way to mount an encrypted home folder in Windows?

  • Did you encrypt the actual /home partition using say dm-crypt/LUKS or did you have your user created with the actual home directory encrypted (say /home/jono/) with ecryptfs? In simpler terms, did you do the select the encryption during partitioning or during user handling?
    – andol
    Jul 29, 2010 at 5:51
  • I rephrased it a bit; yes, I used ecryptfs.
    – Jono
    Jul 29, 2010 at 6:10

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Unfortunately, it looks like no Windows support for ecryptfs is planned: Is there a windows port of this available or in the works?

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    That's such a shame to hear!
    – Jono
    Jul 31, 2010 at 13:11

If you use something like TrueCrypt you can access your drives from both Windows and Linux as long as you know the password. If you formatted it as ext2/3 you will need a ext2/3 driver to access it from Windows.

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    I agree. If you've got a dual-or-more-boot environment, I'd use Truecrypt with a FAT32 partition. Jul 29, 2010 at 8:16
  • I'd prefer ntfs-3g with an NTFS partiotion. Large files, but I'd rather have EXT4.
    – nanofarad
    Oct 7, 2012 at 12:11

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