The SDWCREAT.EXE utility is used to create new SafeHouse encrypted volumes. This program is implemented as a wizard to help step you through the various input parameters required to complete the process. Although normally invoked using the a button found on system tray utility's Tools tab, you can also invoke it directly using Windows shortcuts and scripting.

This utility supports a variety of command-line options which allow you to specify some or all input fields in advance. Information supplied on the command line will be stuffed into the wizard input fields before being presented to the user.

See SafeHouse Exit Codes for a list of possible codes that can be returned upon termination.

Screen Shot:

Below is a screen shot from this utility to help  you better see which program this is.

Optional command line parameters:

The upper case letters in the option list below indicate the required minimum number of characters needed by this utility to recognize the respective option.


The example below creates a new SafeHouse volume in the c:\SafeHouse folder with an initial size of 300MB, which is later expandable to 1GB. The password for the volume must be between 8 and 32 characters long, and this range will be enforced both during creation, and later during routine password changes.

The encryption method specified is 256-bit Twofish, which also happens to be the default, meaning that the same volume could be created without specifying this option.

The /silent and /go options are included to cause this command to run without any visual interface. This requires that the password also be included on the command line. In this case, you will need to acquire the password through some other means and integrate it into the command line.

C:\>sdwcreat.exe /Create="c:\SafeHouse\SafeHouse.sdsk" /size=300MB /Encryption=2F256 /expandableto=1024

/minpassword=8 /maxpassword=32 /password="mypassword" /silent /go


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