[dm-crypt] External hard drives encrypted with cryptsetup suddenly stop working while internal disk is fine

Arno Wagner arno at wagner.name
Mon Sep 9 18:41:17 CEST 2013

1. What exactly is the error you get?
2. What does "cryptsetup -v isLuks <partition>" say?
3. Have you tried entering the passwords manually?
4. Have you checked whether the update switched you from
   ASCII to UTF-8 and do you have chars ouside 7-bit ASCII?
   (also refer to FAQ item 1.2 subitem "PASSPHRASE CHARACTER SET")


On Sun, Sep 08, 2013 at 12:27:16AM +0000, cdupree wrote:
> I apologize if this is an inappropriate place to post this question but I'm
> in a difficult spot and am hoping to find help or referrals to other sources.
> I've only recently encrypted my internal hard drive and my two externals,
> though not yet my netbook's.  For the externals I used cryptsetup 1.4.3, the
> current version in the repositories (I'm on Kubuntu Raring).  Things were
> working fine for a month or so.  Then two days ago I had to reboot after
> some updates and KDEwallet gave me some error message I couldn't note down
> in time.  I'd been meaning to switch the last few passwords over to KeePassX
> anyway, so I did that.  But from that time on I've had trouble mounting the
> two external drives.  Right now I'm unable to read either of them.  Yet the
> internal drive, which I encrypted when I installed Kubuntu & LVM initially,
> has no problems.
> When the trouble first appeared I tried plugging the external drives into
> the netbook, which also has cryptsetup, though I've just noticed it seems to
> be still at 1.4.1.  It claimed to be unable to mount the drives, but it let
> me access them, not just read but even delete one.  So I breathed a sigh of
> relief and moved them back to the desktop, but now I can't get to them from
> either computer.
> Can anyone help me figure this out?  I haven't tried any of the cryptsetup
> commands because I don't know the software well enough to know what to look
> for.  If there's a better place me to ask this question please feel free to
> point me there so I won't take up your bandwidth unnecessarily.  Thanks!
> - ced
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Arno Wagner,     Dr. sc. techn., Dipl. Inform.,    Email: arno at wagner.name
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