How to Secure USB Drive with Password


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Today everyone needs security either it is of physical or electrical. Today mass collections of data are stored electrically in Hard disks or a removable Medias and the data theft has been increased rationally. So, if you use to have lots of important data in your external hard drive or portable USB drive then it is very important to keep them safe. To protect those data from unauthorized access you should have password protected the drive. In Windows 7 there is a feature named “Bit-locker” which can be used to protect our hard disk and even removable tools.

Secure USB Drive with Password
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Secure USB Drive with Password

 In Windows 7 OS there is a built-in encryption tool named bit-locker. It can encrypt your drive and lock it with your given password. One should have to provide a correct password in order to access the data available in the encrypted drive.

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 You have to run BitLocker with administrator privilege. You will be described how to use the BitLocker and how to setup password to USB. By following the procedures explained here you can protect both the external disks as well as the internal disks.

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If you have Administrator Privileges then protect your USB drive with BitLocker:

How to open Windows Bit-Locker

Step 1

Go to “Start” menu >> Type “BitLocker” in the search box >> Hit Enter

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Step 1

Go to Control Panel >> System and Security >> BitLocker Drive Encryption

How to use BitLocker Drive Encryption

Now click on the option “Manage BitLocker” and “Turn on BitLocker” will be shown by the window for turning on the BitLocker for a specific drive.

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BitLocker Drive Encryption

Now beside your selected drive click on “turn on BitLocker”. After that the BitLocker will be started and it will ask you the way for unlocking the drive.

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Select the “use password to open” option and type the password which you want to use at the time of opening the drive. After that select any of the method for recovering your password, so that it will be easy to recover your password if you lost it. After that Click or press Next and the encryption will be started.

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Secure USB Drive

This process will take a time depending on the format and size of the drive. If this process is finished then you have completed your work successfully. From now onwards to open your USB drive any Windows 7/Vista/XP user must provide the password.

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