ATTENTION!!!! These instructions only apply to Windows 7 Pro and Window 10
Before stating, it is best to do this on an empty drive. If the drive you want to encrypt contains data, more to another drive before you proceed.
Please follow these in order to encrypt your drive.
- Click Start, click Control Panel, click System and Security, and then click BitLocker Drive Encryption.
- Click Turn On BitLocker for the fixed or removable data drive that you want to encrypt.
- Wizard will ask you how you want to unlock this
drive. Note: Fixed data or removable drives can be configured to automatically unlock when
the operating system drive is encrypted, to unlock after a password is
supplied, or to unlock after a smart card is inserted. Best to setup with password.
- Before BitLocker encrypts the drive, the setup wizard
prompts you to choose how to store the recovery key. You can choose from
the following options:
a) Save the recovery key to a USB flash drive.
b) Save the recovery key to a file (Saves the recovery key to a network drive or other location)
c) Print the recovery key. Prints the recovery key.
The recovery key is required when a BitLocker-protected fixed data drive configured for automatic unlocking is moved to another computer, or the password or smart card is lost. You will need your recovery key to unlock the encrypted data on the drive if BitLocker enters a locked state. This recovery key is unique so for maximum security, you should store recovery keys apart from the drives they are associated with.
- The BitLocker setup wizard asks if you are ready to encrypt the drive. Click Start Encrypting.