>>>>> "Torfinn" == Torfinn Ingolfsen < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > writes:
Torfinn> Only one small snag - the disk is encrypted (with
Torfinn> SafeGuard Easy v4.10), which means that I'll have to boot
Torfinn> from it to access it.
According to their web site, SGE supports multi-booting and partially
encrypted disks, so hopefully there are no technical limitations to
having both the encrypted Windows volume and an unencrypted FreeBSD
volume. If you are lucky enough to have clueful infosec staff, you
should try to convince them to work with you on re-configuring your
When you have some free time and the facilities to make several
backups of your laptop, you could try the following procedure:
1. Create a bitwise copy of your laptop's hard drive. You should be
able to restore this and still have the original encrypted boot
loader and friends work. If it doesn't, you can always say your
laptop got fragged by the Worldwide Deadly Secret Gangster
Communist Computer God or something.
2. If you can log into the laptop with a relatively unencumbered
administrator account, you should be able to back up the operating
system to an external hard disk or to a network share using Windows
Backup (including the system state).
3. From there, wipe the laptop's hard drive and repartition,
re-install Windows, and patch it back up to the same service pack
level as the original Windows install. Once you have a basic
Windows install up, you should be able to restore your backup and
boot back into Windows.
4. It's possible that you'll have to fiddle around with the storage
driver bindings as well. You might have to boot from something
like BartPE in order to hack through the system registry
post-restore. Good luck with that.
5. Install FreeBSD, etc.
I don't know how well this would work. The hardest part might prove
to be getting Windows to boot after you restore the backup. That's
where I keep getting stuck, anyway. I gave up after I was able to
talk the client CISO into letting me install the disk encryption
software to my specifications.
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