If you are using windows 8 and other highest version of windows. If you have personal or professional importance data whatever as you wish.

Now maybe you are thinking to lock your driver’s data for others who can operate your personal computer in your absence.

Personality is an important thing for everyone.

Besides the hard drives on your computer need protection against data theft & hackers from accessing the system files.

In windows 8 & 8.1 don’t need any extra software to protect your driver. For your kind information, the process is really easy.

Today in this article who have windows 8 & 8.1 operating system.

I will show you how to setup a password for your drivers. Here I’m using BitLocker Encryption to protect your hard drive.

Before we start this process, we need to know small knowledge about BitLocker Encryption.

Here is a small brief about BitLocker Encryption.

What is BitLocker? How does it work?

BitLocker encrypts the hard drives on your computer to provide enhanced protection against data theft or exposure on computers and removable drives that are lost or stolen,

and more secure data deletion when BitLocker-protected computers are decommissioned as it is much more difficult to recover deleted data from an encrypted drive than from a non-encrypted drive.

(Source:technet.microsoft.com)

Note: BitLocker Drive Locker is only available in Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2. For additional info, see What are the BitLocker hardware and software requirements?

How to Set Up BitLocker Encryption


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Step 1: Open the Control Panel

Navigate to System and Security

Select BitLocker Drive Encryption.

If you don’t see this option, you don’t have the right edition of Windows.


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Step 2: You can also open Windows Explorer or File Explorer, see the image blow right-click a drive,

Select Turn On BitLocker.

I will mark the driver and BitLocker option.

Click the Turn on BitLocker option which drives you can think to lock.


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Step 3 : Click Turn BitLocker On you can see this windows BitLocker Drive Encryption.

In this windows system show, you two option 1 for  Use a password to unlock the driver this option only works for using your provided password.

I recommended using this option. Beside option 2 is a critical option this an advanced system protection it needs a smart card.

OK now provide a password and Password should an upper letter for example Asd1234

Click Next


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Step 4 : In this window, you will see there are four option this option are provided your password backup protection an accident if you forget and lost your smart card.

For using this option, you can backup your password recovery key in this four safe place.

Now think where you can store your password recovery key. In this article, I will save the password recovery key on my hard drive option 3 Save to a file.

Select and Click Next 


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Steep 5: In this windows system offers you to save BitLocker recovery key Do you want to save the recovery key on this PC?

Select Yes. And Save has a look here you must save the recovery key in a safe place any here in your hard disk where you can easily find the key
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Steep 6 : Choose how much of your drive to encrypt  here you can
Select option [1] Encrypt used disk space only (faster and best for new PCs and drives).

Click Next


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Step 7: Finally, your drives are now Encrypting…… Please don’t close this window and don’t’ unplug your computer. Wait until 100% Completed.

Note: it depends on hard drives space if drivers are big data I mean near about 30-40GB than It’s should need more than 1 hour to complete.


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Step 8: Completed Encrypting… You will see the selected drive is locked see the image Local Disk (D) will show locked when you click the drive BitLocker Ask a Password to Unlock the drive


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Step 9: You can manage a locked drive — change the password, turn off BitLocker, back up your recovery key, or perform other actions — from the BitLocker control panel window.

Right-click an encrypted drive.

Select Manage BitLocker to go directly to it.


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Conclusion

At last think lot’s of way are available around the internet to protect your hard drive. I will just show the way, however, it’s a built-in option in Windows 8/8.1.

Hope you will easily protect your drive using this tutorial.

If you face any problem by doing this or if you have any more easy idea, then don’t forget to share your idea here maybe your idea is valuable for others reading.

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