How to use Windows 8 BitLocker for Hard Drive encryption?


Encrypting a hard drive with a password offers more protection to your files, specially if your computer is being used by more that more person.  Windows 8 BitLocker allows you to password lock a specific drive, so that only users with the password can access this specific drive. This tutorial will show you how to secure your computer by encrypting any of your hard drive using Windows 8 BitLocker.

Note: Make sure you are logged in with an admin account so that you can perform the below steps

To use Windows 8 BitLocker follow the below steps:

1. From your start screen user interface, go to the Desktop tile and click on it to you’re your Desktop, as you can see in the below screenshot.windows 8 screen desktop How to use Windows 8 BitLocker  for Hard Drive encryption?
2. From Desktop, go to Windows explorer located on the bottom left corner of the desktop screen as seen in the below screenshot.
windows 8 explorer How to use Windows 8 BitLocker  for Hard Drive encryption?

Open Windows Explorer by clicking on it and the below screen will appear.
Windows 8 libraries How to use Windows 8 BitLocker  for Hard Drive encryption?

3. Go to Computer and navigate through it, selecting the hard drive you want to encrypt. In this example we will select the C drive.
Windows 8 disk tools How to use Windows 8 BitLocker  for Hard Drive encryption?

4.Click on the drive tab and the below screen will appear.
Windows 8 drive disk How to use Windows 8 BitLocker  for Hard Drive encryption?

5. Now go to BitLocker, then select Turn on BitLocker from the drop down menu. This is shown in the below screenshot.
Windows 8 bitlocker How to use Windows 8 BitLocker  for Hard Drive encryption?

6.You will be asked to enter your password, so go ahead and choose a password and type it in.

7. You will be prompted to save your recovery key. You can save this key on your SkyDrive, to a file or even print a file.

Note: You can’t save the key on an encrypted file or you will get the below error:
“This Location can’t be used. Your recovery key can’t be saved to an encrypted drive. Choose a different location”

8. Choose what on your drive you want to encrypt, either used disk space only or the entire drive.
Windows 8 encryption How to use Windows 8 BitLocker  for Hard Drive encryption?

9. You will then have to confirm that you are ready, and then run the BitLocker system check. And you are done.

 

 

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