encrypt hard drive bitlocker easy tutorial

How to Encrypt a Hard Drive With a Key on Windows 10

Published by Soufiane Sabiri | Categories : Computers - Security - Computers - Windows 10

Do you have sensitive data that you want to protect?

Are you looking for the best way to save your data from other users?

Encryption was used in the past to secure communications and telecom, nowadays it’s used on literally everything, including storage.

Windows 10 comes with a feature called BitLocker that allows you to protect your data from bad people.

In this tutorial you will learn how to encrypt your hard drives like a boss.

Let’s go!

Encrypt a Hard Drive Using BitLocker on Windows 10

Open the Start menu and search for “bitlocker“, click on “Manage BitLocker“”.

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Click on “Turn on BitLocker“.

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Click on “Enter a password“.

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Enter a strong password and save it in a piece of paper or remember it.

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Now you will need to save a recovery key in case you forgot the password, use an external USB drive for this purpose.

Click on “Save to a file“.

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Choose an external storage drive an click “Save“”.

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Check “Encrypt used disk space only (faster and best for new PCs and drives)“.

Click “Next“.

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Check “New encryption mode (best for fixed drives on this device)“.

Click “Next“.

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Check “Run BitLocker system check“, click “Continue“.

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Now restart your PC and see what happens.

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You will be asked to enter the BitLocker password.

encrypt hard drive bitlocker 11 enter the password to unlock this drive

If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below ;)

Thanks for reading and see you in the next tutorial.

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Author: Soufiane Sabiri

Soufiane is a young computer scientist and specialist in web design, knows a lot of things in the computer world. This enthusiast enjoys helping people innovate and learn more about the IT world...

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