This may seem strange, but I'm wondering if anyone in the fediverse has any experience running Veracrypt containers on 3.5 inch floppy disks? If so, what was your experience?

@sudoneuron I'm very curious now.

Have you poked it to see how much overhead there is on a container?

Were you thinking formatted floppy or unformatted? At that small starting size it probably matters.

@SetecAstronomy I haven't played around with it yet, but I thought I'd give the idea a week or so to season before tracking down a floppy drive and some floppy disks to experiment with. At least one source does say "Device-hosted VeraCrypt volumes located on floppy disks are not supported. Note: You can still create file-hosted VeraCrypt volumes on floppy disks."


My KeePassXC is only about 570kb so that *might* fit.

@sudoneuron @SetecAstronomy why should it not work on device level? A floppy is not very different from a HDD

@BollerwagenPicard @sudoneuron

I suspect it will work, but it depends on how much of the abstraction Veracrypt peels away, how close it gets to the hardware. Eventually floppy and hard disks start looking a bit different from each other. Even IDE and SATA disks are different at a low enough level.

My biggest concern would be the amount of overhead a vault needs. Is a 1-byte vault (arguably uselessly small) larger than 1.44MB?

@BollerwagenPicard @sudoneuron My gut feeling was it would be fine. But I haven't had the spoons to test it. If it worked for Truecrypt I don't see why it wouldn't in Veracrypt. It's my understanding the latter is based on an audited version of the former.

@sudoneuron: 3.5" 1S/SD, 3.5" 2S/SD, 3.5" 1S/DD, 3.5" 2S/DD, 3.5" 2S/HD or 3.5" 2S/ED?

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