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How do I share (physically transfer) encrypted fixed disks between two PCs?

Created: 04 Oct 2012 • Updated: 05 Oct 2012 | 5 comments
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Hi all,

I have two Lenovo ThinkPad laptops both equipped with second HDD (fixed drive) and installed with PGPWDE for Windows 10.2.1 (Build 4869).

First one, X220i installed with Windows 7 Professional (64-bit), is the main computer whilist the second one, X201i installed with Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), is a backup computer --- I would use this backup computer in emergency case only.

I'd like to share (physically transfer) the second HDD from the main computer to the backup one so that I can continue to work on the same set of data files. I daily backup my data files from C: (the primary drive) to D: (the secondary drive).

Can I share (physically transfer) encrypted fixed disks between two PCs?

I've noticed there is a technical document regarding this, but do not understand what it means:

PGP Whole Disk Encryption behavior with Fixed Disks versus External Disks when encrypting a Primary Fixed Disk (Tech196919)

Thanks in advance,

P.S. my company prohibits I from using any kind of portable disk storage devices, such as USB connected disks. So using these devices is not my option.

 

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Tom Mc's picture

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Tom Mc's picture

I believe you will find this working as you desire, but you may want to test it first to make sure.  Regarding the Knowledge Base Article you site, I think the confusion you are having is it trying to explain that if you have two fixed disks and only encrypt the boot disk, and then place your second hard disk in another computer, it will appear encrypted in that second computer.

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Alex_CST's picture

It will work because the first thing that is encrypted on a disk is the key and the boot record, so you can just move it and itll work

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mkeigo's picture

Thanks Tom and Alex, I will test the function on my two PCs carefully.