HOW TO: Mount/Unmount Virtual Disks with PGP Desktop 9.x for Windows

Article:HOWTO42001  |  Created: 2007-09-20  |  Updated: 2011-02-06  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO42001
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This article describes how to Mount and Unmount PGP Virtual Disks with PGP Desktop 9.x for Windows.



A PGP Virtual Disk is a reserved and secure place in your hard drive where you may store your sensitive files and other data. A PGP Virtual Disk is actually a .pgd file, (the size of which you choose) which may be mounted as a virtual drive volume - or as a folder on NTFS systems. When a PGP Virtual Disk is Mounted it appears in My Computer and Windows Explorer as a drive, allowing you to store data and applications inside it.

When a PGP Virtual Disk is Unmounted it is no longer visible as a drive in Windows; it is inaccessible without your passphrase; and its contents are encrypted - keeping your data safe.

Mount a PGP Virtual Disk

Remember that when your PGP Virtual Disk is mounted, the files inside it are accessible to anyone who may access your computer. There are two ways to mount a PGP Virtual Disk:

Use PGP Desktop

  1. Open PGP Desktop.
  2. Locate the PGP Disk control box on the lower left. Click the PGP Disk you wish to mount.
  3. Pull down the Disk menu and click Mount.
  4. Enter the passphrase and click OK.
  5. Check the status of the disk. It will now display as mounted. You will need to open the folder or drive letter to edit the contents of the disk.

Use the associated .pgd file

  1. Browse to the .pgd file you created.
  2. Double click the file and enter your passphrase. You may also right click on the file, point to PGP Disk, and click Mount.

Note: If your PGP virtual disk does not show up in the PGP Disk control box shelf, you may add it to the shelf by clicking and dragging the .pgd file onto the PGP Disk control box. It will then be added to the shelf.


Unmount a PGP Virtual Disk

When your PGP Virtual Disk is unmounted the files will be inaccessible to anyone who may access your computer. Remember to always unmount your PGP Virtual Disk when you are finished adding/removing Data. There are three ways to unmount a PGP Virtual Disk:

Use PGP Desktop

  1. Open PGP Desktop.
  2. Locate the PGP Disk control box on the lower left. Click the PGP Disk you wish to unmount.
  3. Pull down the Disk menu and click Unmount.
  4. Check the status of the disk in the PGP Disk work area. It will now show as unmounted.
Use PGP Desktop System Tray Icon

  1. Click the PGP Desktop icon in the system tray by the clock. It will appear as a gray padlock.
  2. Click Unmount PGP Virtual Disks. This will unmount all mounted PGP Virtual Disks.
Warning: Do not add data to the directory when the disk is unmounted. Adding data to the folder while the disk is unmounted will cause this .pgd file to mount as a drive letter in the future and not as the folder. The reason for this is to prevent the system from overwriting any data you copied into the folder.

Use the associated .pgd file

  1. Browse to the .pgd file you created.
  2. Right click on the .pgd file, point to PGP Disk, and click Unmount PGP Disk. Do not double click the file as it will try to mount the PGP Virtual Disk again.
  3. The disk will now be unmounted and the drive will disappear from My Computer. If you have mounted the PGP Virtual Disk as an NTFS Folder, the folder contents will now be empty.

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