1.    12 Jul 2016 #1
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    Does "the cloud" have something against TrueCrypt containers?


    I've been having a little problem with uploading my backup files to "cloud" storage services lately. I have all my personal files in TrueCrypt containers to keep everything secure. I have them that way in my computer, and also in a flash drive. When my old computer died, I thought it would be a good idea to have a second backup of everything, so I uploaded the TrueCrypt containers from my flash drive to Microsoft OneDrive. About a month later, all my files were gone! I was told that my account was probably hacked. Well, then I discovered Google has it's own Drive service with the same capacity, so I used that since I've never had any of my gmail accounts hacked. I just went back to check on the status of my files, and discovered that they are gone from there too! What's even stranger is that I also had some "open" files that were not in TC containers because I didn't have a computer at the time to put them into TC files first, so I had uploaded them in the open. Those files are still there. So now I'm wondering if TC containers--or possibly any password protected files--are not allowed to be stored in online storage sites. Can anyone shed some light on this?
    Last edited by Delly10; 12 Jul 2016 at 13:47.
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  3.    12 Jul 2016 #3
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    Fascinating!
    I wonder if I should just use Zip files instead. At least they'd still be there, right?
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  4.    12 Jul 2016 #4
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    It seems to me that if you keep the native file extension then you might be OK with a TrueCrypt file. You never know.
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  5.    12 Jul 2016 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky View Post
    It seems to me that if you keep the native file extension then you might be OK with a TrueCrypt file. You never know.
    All that stuff in the link about file extensions is a bit confusing to me. All I know is that I gave each container a name when I created it to generally identify what is in it. Names like, Photos, Music, Documents, etc. They say that changing the file extensions could corrupt it. But keeping them as they are doesn't seem to allow me to keep them in a Cloud Storage service. I suppose I could just keep them in flash drives and DVDs, but I was hoping to do a Cloud option as well in order to have my backups in different locations and forms.
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  6.    12 Jul 2016 #6
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    I have a TrueCrypt file stored on OneDrive and it's still there.
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  7.    12 Jul 2016 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winuser View Post
    I have a TrueCrypt file stored on OneDrive and it's still there.
    How big is it? The article says smaller ones under 300MB should be ok. Mine were between 1 and 3GB.

    Here's what the article specifically says about size:

    Problems With Very Large Volumes

    Some cloud storage software may not properly handle very large TrueCrypt volumes, potentially resulting in corruption or loss of data. Volumes 300 MB or less in size should be ok. Anything in the multi-GB range is definitely risky.
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