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A definitive guide on BitLocker, Windows 10 built-in encryption tool

How to unlock BitLocker drive encryption 

If you have encrypted a non-system hard drive from your system or removable drive such as USB flash drive, Windows prompts you to unlock the drive when you first access it after starting Windows (or when you connect it to your Windows PC if it’s a removable drive). Type your password and the drive should unlock so you can use it.

Unlock BitLocker drive encryption using password

How to quickly access and manage your BitLocker drive

Whether you turn on BitLocker for your PC’s hard drive or removable drive, you can always get quick access to the BitLocker settings for a particular drive using the following steps:

Step 1: Use  + E to open File Explorer.

Step 2: Click This PC from the left pane and right click the encrypted drive and select Manage BitLocker.

Right click the encrypted drive and select Manage BitLocker

It will take you to the BitLocker control panel window where you can change the password, turn off BitLocker, back up your recovery key, or perform other actions.

Manage a locked drive from BitLocker control panel window

Conclusion 

BitLocker might not be for everyone, but for people who work in environments with sensitive data that you travel with, it is recommended. It’s worth pointing out that enabling data encryption may slightly slow down the performance of your device due to the encryption process that will continue to run in the background. However, it’s a feature worth using to keep your sensitive data secure.

Do you use data encryption on your Windows 10 PC? Tell us in the comments below.

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Hi there 👋 My name is Sunil and I'm a front-end developer who loves to help others by simplifying web-dev related topics.

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Sunil Pradhan

Hi there 👋 My name is Sunil and I'm a front-end developer who loves to help others by simplifying web-dev related topics.