First use

    This page shows step by step the main operations to be carried out for the first, simple and immediate use of the xCoreDisk architecture.

    To fully exploit all the features of the xCoreDisk architecture refer to the complete application manuals.

What to do

    The main steps to start using the encrypted disk (or disks) are as follows:

  • Activation of the device
  • Initialization of the device
  • Creating a disc

     At this point it is possible to use the disk.

  • Mount the disk
  • Use the disk
  • At the end of use unmount the disk and extract the xCoreDisk device

Insert the new xCoreDisk device into a USB port

    Insert the xCoreDisk device into a USB port on the operating system. xCoreDisk will be automatically recognized by the system and, after a few seconds, it will be possible to start using it.

     NOTE - If the operating system is Windows 7 you will need to follow the instructions on this page in order to allow the operating system to properly use the device..

A new disk will appear in the Windows Explorer

    In Windows Explorer a new disk will appear with the name "XCDAPP". This disk, known as the Service Disk, contains the software necessary to use all the features of xCoreDisk.

Running the xCoreDisk.exe application

    Start the XCoreDisk.exe application. An icon representing the application running will appear in the Windows TrayBar::

Device activation

    At the first plug a window will appear asking you to activate the device:

    Make sure you are connected to the internet and click on the "Activate" button. The device will be activated and updated with new support dates.

     NOTE - If the device is not activated, it will not be possible to use it.

Initialization of the device

    If the xCoreDisk device is not yet initialized, a dialog will appear upon insertion into a USB port asking whether to initialize the device as a new device or to proceed to clone / restore an existing device

    If you are cloning or restoring the configuration of another device choose "Clone or restore" and follow the instructions that are found following this link.

     Choosing instead "Initialize device" the following dialogue will appear, asking you to enter the Password of the device, which is the password that will allow you to perform all the operations both on the device itself and on the created disks.

    NOTE - This password can be changed later at any time.

    It will however be possible to recall this dialogue by clicking on the icon present in the TrayBar and selecting "Initialize device".

      The choice of password

    The choice of the password is in general an aspect overlooked by the end user, even though it is the password that constitutes the last security stronghold of the user's data.

    This is certainly not the place to deal with the issue in depth, but we want to underline some of the key aspects to keep in mind in the selection process.

  • avoid passwords that contain personal data (dates, names ...) or that can lead back to your preferences (favorite authors ..., places of holiday in which you have been ...)
  • use long passwords that possibly contain uppercase, lowercase, numbers and special characters (such as !, ?, &, #...)

    NOTE - It is also possible to assign a name to the device in the case in which it is necessary to distinguish between different devices. The name can also be changed at any time.

Creating a disc

    Click on the icon again in the TrayBar and select the "Create Disc" menu.

    The dialogue shown below will appear:

    After choosing the size of the disk and clicking on the "OK" button, the application will create the disk in the default position. It will also immediately activate the drive that will appear as a new disk in Windows Explorer. Obviously this disk must be formatted before it can be used.

    NOTE - You can create a disk in a specific location by selecting "Advanced" and specifying the required parameters. For more information consult the complete application manuals.

Mount the disk

    To mount the disc the next time the device is inserted, click on the icon in the TrayBar and select the "Mount disk" menu.

    The dialogue shown below will appear:

    In the "Position" field, the position of the disk to be activated will appear: normally it is the default position; however, you can still click on "Browse..." and choose another location. Then enter the device unlock password and click "OK". A new disk will appear in Windows Explorer which, after being formatted, can be used as a normal system disk.

      xCoreDisk in "Fast mode"

    The xCoreDisk device can be used normally without installing anything: in this case we will use virtual disks with transfer rate limited to about 4 MBytes/sec.

    However, it is possible to activate the fast mode which, thanks to the installation of a specific OxySec driver, allows you to manage the same disks with speeds that can even reach 150 MBytes/sec.

    For more information refer to this page of the manual.

      Disk formatting

    For the choice of filesystem to use, it is important to take into account the fact that the newly created disk is a removable disk.

    For this reason we recommend using the exFAT filesystem, expressly designed for removable devices such as keys and/or external disks.

    In the following image the disk has been formatted and has been given the name "XCOREDISK".

Make the start of XCoreDisk.exe automatic

    In order to view and use encrypted disks, the XCoreDisk.exe application must be running. For this reason we recommend activating the automatic execution of the application by selecting the "Automatic run" menu.

    The application will then start at every startup of the operating system and will always be ready to recognize the insertion of a device by displaying the disk activation dialog.

    NOTE - It is also possible to disable the Service disk, ie the disk containing the applications; in this way, when inserting the device into a USB port, the "XCDAPP" disk will no longer appear..