How To Encrypt a Hard Drive In Windows 7/8/8.1 Using BitLocker?

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In this, post you will learn how to encrypt a hard drive in Windows 7/8/8.1 using BitLocker. Why you should Encrypt a hard drive this is the question that might arise with you now, as a matter of fact, I had the same question but do you know that your hard drive may contain a lot of your personal and sensitive of yours which you have no idea.

Encrypt a Hard Drive In Windows

Your Hard drive is always the easiest to hack into. So the best option is to Encrypt a hard drive. Encrypting your hard drive will protect your hard drive from any unknown person who does not know your decrypt password of your hard drive.

Here is The Way on How To make Your Hard Drive Encrypted:

BitLocker is the best way according to me to encrypt a hard drive and protect a hard drive from the hacker and any other unknown person from accessing to your hard drive.

BitLocker comes inbuilt with the Ultimate and Business editions of Windows 7 & Vista where as comes inbuilt with the Pro and Enterprise editions of Windows 8 & 8.1. So if you are not the above edition user you will not be able to use BitLocker but there are many others software that you can use like TrueCrypt or Kakasoft.

How To Encrypt a Hard Drive in Windows 7/8/8.1 Using BitLocked:

First of all, i would like to tell in this demonstration bellow I have used Windows 8 to Encrypt my Hard drive.

Steps To Follow For Encrypting a Hard Drive:

STEP 1:

First of all Click on the My Computer option.

STEP 2:

Now you will get into the disk section and now Right Click the mouse for the disk you want to encrypt.

STEP 3:

Now click on the Turn On BitLocker option.

STEP 4:

Now a new Window will appear and now click Use a Password To Unlock a Drive option.

STEP 5:

Now Enter Your Password.

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STEP 6:

A new Window will appear where you will need to choose in which location you want to save your BitLocker Password. I have chosen Save as a File option.

STEP 7:

After Choosing You to need To click on the Next Option.

STEP 8:

Now choose one of the options below.

  • As If you want to Encrypt only used Drive space [which will be faster and best for new PC] you can choose the First option.
  • Whereas if You want to Encrypt the Entire Drive [Which will be slower but best for old PC and used hard disk] you choose the second option.

STEP 9:

And Your Hard Drive will start to Encrypt.

So this are Steps you have to Follow to Encrypt a Hard Drive in Windows using BitLocker. Now you know how to Encrypt your hard drive. So you can protect all your personal and sensitive information located in your hard Drive will be encrypted or secure. If this article has been helpful to share it with your friends so that they too can protect their hard drive by encrypting it using BitLocker

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