If you are concerned that you might be forced by someone to reveal your password, you can also choose to create a “Hidden VeraCrypt volume”. Click “Next”.
Step 6: Click on “Select Device” where you need to select the USB flash drive you want to encrypt.
In our case we are selecting drive H. Click “OK” and then once again, click “Next”.
Step 7: You have now two options under volume creation mode. First option is suitable if your USB flash drive is empty or you want to delete everything it contains. But if you want to keep any existing files, choose the second option.
As we mentioned previously, for the simplicity of this article we are selecting first option i.e “Create encrypted volume and format it”. Click “Next”.
Step 8: On encryption options screen. If you are unsure of which to choose, leave the default settings of “AES” and the “SHA-512” hash algorithm.
Step 9: Conform the volume size screen and then click “Next”.
Step 10: Now the most important part. The password. Enter and re-enter the password you want to use to encrypt your data.
Step 11: Before you create the actual volume, the creation wizard will ask if you intend to store large files. If you intend to store files larger than 4GB within the volume, tell it so – it will tweak the file system to better suit your needs.
For this demonstration we have selected the option “No”. Click “Next”.
Step 12: On the volume format screen, select file system as “NTFS”. Now you have to generate strong encryption keys. This is done by randomly moving your mouse around the VeraCrypt window. When the green bar gets to the end, click “Format” button.
Once the format process is complete, it’s then done. Click “OK” to exit the formatting wizard.
How to use an USB flash drive encrypted with VeraCrypt
When you want to use an encrypted USB flash drive, first insert the drive in the computer and start VeraCrypt. Afterwards, follow the steps as mentioned: