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[[!meta title="Encrypted persistence"]]

If you start Tails from a USB stick, you can create a
persistent volume in the free space left on the USB stick.
The files in the persistent
volume are saved encrypted and remain available across separate working sessions.

You can use this persistent volume to store any of the following:

  - Personal files
  - Some settings
  - Additional software
  - Encryption keys

The persistent volume is an encrypted partition protected by a passphrase.

Once the persistent volume is created, you can choose to activate it or not
each time you start Tails.

[[!inline pages="doc/first_steps/persistence.caution" raw="yes" sort="age"]]

How to use the persistent volume
=================================

  - [[Warnings about persistence|first_steps/persistence/warnings]]
  - [[Create & configure the persistent volume|first_steps/persistence/configure]]
  - [[Enable & use the persistent volume|first_steps/persistence/use]]
  - [[Change the passphrase of the persistent volume|first_steps/persistence/change_passphrase]]
  - [[Manually copy your persistent data to a new USB stick|first_steps/persistence/copy]]
  - [[Check the file system of the persistent volume|first_steps/persistence/check_file_system]]
  - [[Delete the persistent volume|first_steps/persistence/delete]]