Bitlocker is an encryption technique designed by Microsoft to protect their Hard Disk for windows version starting from Windows Vista to Windows 10. Windows Bitlocker drive encryption is the way from which we can encrypt or lock the drive(volumes) which are associated with that windows whether it is Drive C, D, etc. Every time we need a password to open the drive. Only you need to setup Bitlocker in Windows 10 or in any windows which you are operating.
You don’t need to download Bitlocker for any Windows. It is an inbuilt feature.
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How To Enable Bitlocker Encryption On Windows 10
Many times we forget the password and we can recover our password. But in the case of Bitlocker encryption, we will get a password/ recovery key whenever we forget the password to encrypt the drive. Ensure you have saved it to the safest place. You can encrypt your entire hard disk or you can select some drive.
Step By Step Guide To Enable Bitlocker Drive Encryption In Windows 10
Bitlocker is useful when you need to hide some sensitive files or something personal that no one can access without your permission. It always needs a password to open that drive. Here is our step by step guide to setup Bitlocker in Windows 10.
Step 1: First of all you need to open the Control Panel of your Windows 10 and tap on System and Security sections.
Step 2: After this, you will see Bitlocker Drive Encryption options. Click on this to see various drives associated with your windows.
Step 3: Now you can see the Drive associated with your windows. Select the drive which you want to encrypt with Bitlocker and tap on turn on Bitlocker.
Step 4: At this step, you will need to select the methods from which you can unlock your drive after BitLocker encryption. It is up to you to select the way from which you want ton to unlock your drive.
- Use password to unlock the drive
- Use a smart card(physical device) to unlock the drive
Step 5: Now the most important step, if you forget or lose the password you can use Bitlocker recover key from which you regain access to your file.
- Save to your Microsoft account.
- Save to USB flash drive.
- Save to file.
- Print the recovery key
Step 6: Select the Bitlocker encryption options from the given below which will be best for you.
- Encrypt used disk space only (Faster & best for new PC’s and drives)
- Encrypt entire drive (Slowe but best for PC’s and drives already in use)
Step 7: Select the Encryptions mode to lock your drive using Bitlocker from the given below.
- New encryption mode (best for fixed drives on this device)
- Compatible mode (best for removable device)
Step 8: This is the final step of Bitlocker Drive Encryptions. You need to tap on encrypt to start encrypting your desired drive. Before moving ahead you must know the following things.
- You will be able to unlock the drive using the password or smart card(a physical device like USB).
- You can access your file until the encryptions are not complete.
- This will take times depending on the size of the drive
Step 9: After this, you need the password to open the drive. You can see below to understand.
Benefits Of Using Bitlocker Drive Encryption
There are various benefits of setup BitLocker in Windows. Think about the situation where you have lost your laptop and it containing your important data that can be misused by the stolen person. How you can manage this.
- Require a password to open the drive.
- Prevents your data.
- Stop illegal access.
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Yes, Windows 10 ISO is free. Windows 10 can be downloaded from its official website for free. But there are some limitations to using the Free/ Pirated version of Windows. But here we will be going to see how one can download the Windows from it’s an official website and then install it. Also, you can go through this to download Windows 10 ISO. Windows can be downloaded in the form of ISO file which is also known as Disc Image. First, you need to download the ISO file then you need to burn it in on DVD or USB flash drive.
Partition of drive/ disk is the process of dividing a physical hard drive into various multiple drives that are separated from other drives. If we have a large size of the drive and we want to store our different types of files in different places or drive then we can use it. Mainly we can organize our files in a manner. And this will leads to protect our data from any unwanted system failure. You can read this a step by step guide to Partition A Hard Drive.