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

  • How do you apply encryption without formatting the partition, I wonder? Aug 4, 2013 at 10:45
  • I believe truecrypt has the option to do so
    – abden003
    Aug 4, 2013 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. Aug 4, 2013 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 Aug 4, 2013 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, 2013 at 19:19


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