I installed Ubuntu today as a dual boot on my Win 7 laptop and everything seems to work fine. I have a Win 7 partition, an Ubuntu partition, and a data partition. Both Win 7 and Ubuntu access the data partition successfully. Ubuntu handles the boot choice between Win 7 and Ubuntu.
Before I installed Ubuntu, I used Veracrypt for full disk encryption (FDE). I travel with this laptop and I want to be absolutely sure that if it's lost or stolen my data can't be accessed.
I've been reading about how to resume using Veracrypt for FDE and I'm not sure I can do that anymore. Specifically, I want to enter the Veracrypt boot first, and then arrive at a screen that lets me choose between Win 7 and Ubuntu. Is there a way to do that?
I'm not seeing anything that says that's possible. It looks like I should use Veracrypt to encrypt the Win 7 partition and the data partition but use Ubuntu to encrypt its own partition. Is that correct?
Here's what I think I need to do. Am I correct?
1 - Remove Ubuntu so I can reload it differently.
2 - Restore the Win 7 boot loader so the system works as it did before I installed Ubuntu. (How do I do this?)
3 - Reinstall Ubuntu (Using an Alternate install?) and place it's boot loader on the same partition as Ubuntu, not in the laptop's MBR. Also have Ubuntu encrypt it's own partition at the same time.
At this point, I should be able to turn on my laptop and see the Veracrypt Boot Loader. To log into Windows I should enter the Veracrypt password. To boot into Ubuntu I should press ESC which will send me to the Ubuntu loader and ask me for Ubuntu's decrypt password.
I'm not sure how the data partition would be accessible via each operating system, but I think I just need to re-read the right posts OR ask that in a separate post.