The New container dialog allows users to specify all information for a new container
and create it. The dialog looks like:
To create a container it is necessary to fill in the following fields:
File path - type the name of the file, for example, LETTERS. Also, you can click […] and browse the directory.
NOTE: The path already contains drive letter you are creating the container on.
Size - type the size of container. For example, the number 5 Mb in the Size field means
that you are going to create a container that will be able to store 5 Megabytes.
Description - Description is any text string
(64 characters maximum) that describes a new container. It is a label of the container for your own use.
For example, it can be "My private letters".
In the right side of the dialog you see a brief information about container type and the letter of the drive it will be initially mounted as.
Show advanced settings button lets you explore the advanced options for container creation, they are grouped into 3 main categories divided by tabs
Algorithm - The Algorithm field allows you to
choose algorithm to encrypt data in the container you are creating, for example, Blowfish or
AES (Rijndael) encryption algorithm. Read the
article to get more information about all encryption algorithms supported by BestCrypt.
Mode - Since version 8 BestCrypt supports LRW
mode of encryption. If you choose KG-Ghost key generator, you will be able to choose
the encryption mode - LRW or CBC
In the Key generator field you can choose BestCrypt
module that will be used to transform your password to pseudo-random binary
encryption key. BestCrypt supports container files created with SHA-1, SHA-256
and KG-Ghost Key Generators. SHA-1 and SHA-256 Key Generators appeared in previous
version of BestCrypt, so please use one of them if you want to get your new container
compatible with earlier version 7 of the software. KG-Ghost Key Generator has been
developed for version 8 of BestCrypt, it supports several secure hash algorithms:
SHA-1, SHA-256, MD5 and RIPEMD 160. Besides, KG-Ghost has several advanced
NOTE: BestCrypt allows extended software functionality by using
additional Encryption or Key Generator modules. This capability allows
third-party developers to design a Key Generator module to read the
encryption key from a physical device like SmartCards, USBTokens, etc.
As a result, the users of such BestCrypt extension will be able to get
access to their encrypted containers using their physical keys instead
Container type tab suggests choosing which type of container you prefer. You can choose between Regular container (with either initial preparation or instant creation) and Dynamic container. For more information please read Container types article
Mount and format now. BestCrypt allows users to format the container
for all file systems supported by the operating system. Before you begin to use the BestCrypt container for
the first time, you need to mount the container on the BestCrypt logical disk and format the disk. If you wish
to do this when you create the container, you should mark the Mount and format now option. BestCrypt will
allow you to choose the file system for your container. BestCrypt will mount the container on the logical drive letter
chosen in Mount drive list box.
When you have filled in all required fields, you should push the Create button
- Enter Password dialog will appear.
To return to the Main dialog without creating a container, push the Cancel button.
In Windows 8 it is not recommended to use containter encryption in Storage Space Volumes, as the system may accidentally
bring the volume offline in low disk space conditions and your data will be damaged.
Please, use BestCrypt Volume Encryption instead.