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Is formatting a device before encrypting more secure as opposed to encrypting the device without a formatting?

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How do you apply encryption without formatting the partition, I wonder? –  Deer Hunter Aug 4 '13 at 10:45
    
I believe truecrypt has the option to do so –  abden003 Aug 4 '13 at 10:51
    
Can you prove that former contents of the device are harmless if leaked? Can you prove there's no bootkit on the MBR? Formatting is a matter of discipline and good judgment. –  Deer Hunter Aug 4 '13 at 10:56
    
@DeerHunter you technically install an OS before encrypting it, so it's kind of hard to format it as it won't work anymore :p –  Lucas Kauffman Aug 4 '13 at 17:05
    
Android has the option of encrypting a device and it does not delete anything on the device, it takes an hour or so. –  abden003 Aug 4 '13 at 19:19
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