Microsoft Windows technology for full disk(volume) encryption.

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How to access a BitLocker-encrypted drive in Linux?

I have a laptop running Windows 7 Ultimate. I have encrypted my drives using BitLocker. Now I have also installed Lubuntu along with Windows. But my encrypted drives are not visible in Linux. How ...
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Bitlocker Performance Impact on SSD

I've put a brand new SSD into my work computer and my IT department wants me to use BitLocker. I read one of the other threads on BitLocker performance on standard harddrives, but I was wondering - ...
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What would happen if my computer shuts down while BitLocker is encrypting my OS partition?

The title is the question. I am now enctypting a 107 GB partition and it takes ages. I am dying to know what would happen if the encryption was stopped by, let's say, a thermal shutdown or if the ...
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Is it possible to access BitLocker protected drives on other platforms?

Is it possible to access BitLocker encrypted external hard drives from other platforms, like Windows Mobile, Android, Surface, Linux, Mac OS X?
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Bitlocker won't initialize on a 4TB drive with 4K sectors

I'm trying to enable BitLocker on a 4TB drive with 4K physical sectors (Advanced Format) on a 64-bit Windows 7 box with SP1. The drive is partitioned GPT (1 partition using all of the available ...
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How to “eject” non-existing USB drive from Windows 7 host?

I use a USB key which is encrypted with BitLocker to store various data. I keep that key with me all the time. What happens all the time is that I send my home computer to hibernate without ...
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What is the performance cost to running Bitlocker?

BitLocker encrypts the entire hard drive. I run Visual Studio and build projects much of my day. How much will BitLocker slow me down? (dual core laptop with 3GB of RAM).
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How to format a drive encrypted with Bitlocker?

I have a HD protected by Bitlocker. Login, password and restorekey are unknown and all I want to do is wipe the whole drive. When I try to boot from a windows installation cd I have no access to the ...
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Can I upgrade to Windows 10 with BitLocker Enabled?

I am currently running Windows 8.1 Pro, with BitLocker enabled (the hardware has no TPM, though). I am curious as to whether I will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 when it is rolled out without ...
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Is it possible to re-lock a bitlocker drive?

I'm running a partition with bitlocker on a Windows 7 Ultimate machine, which contains secure data that I have to recover infrequently. Unlocking it to access the data is obviously no problem, but is ...
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Full Disk Encryption with TPM, not subject to cold boot attack

Here's a passage from Wikipedia on BitLocker Once a BitLocker-protected machine is running, its keys are stored in memory where they may be susceptible to attack by a process that is able to ...
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Find out type of encrypted hard disk

say you get a random harddisk into your hands which is encrypted. is it possible just from the layout of the data to see what kind of encryption has been used? i.e. Bitlocker, Truecrypt, dcrypt?
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Why does BitLocker need a minimum volume size of 64 MB?

Since the future of TrueCrypt appears to be still unclear, I figured I'd try to get my stuff migrated into BitLocker at least for the time being. I nearly never have to access my encrypted data from ...
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Windows folder encryption

My situation I know that bitlocker is meant to encrypt whole drives, but I have an hard drive that is already fully partitioned and containing data. I'd like to encrypt part of one partition, leaving ...
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Find out if a PC has a TPM chip installed?

I have several Windows XP laptops that I need to check to see if they will work with Bitlocker if I install Windows 7. If they have a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip then Bitlocker should work ...
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Change Bitlocker Recovery Key

Is there any way to change the Bitlocker Recovery Key?
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Migrating Windows 7 to a new drive, cloning the encrypted HDD to SSD

I have laptop with Windows 7. The whole drive is encrypted with Bitlocker. I want to switch magnetic hard drive to SSD. How can I mirror the entire system onto the SSD with the LEAST amount of user ...
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What does Bitlocker measure to detect a startup change?

My work laptop is running Windows Vista with Bitlocker enabled. From time to time, most notably when I go on vacations and such I have a personal SSD I swap into the laptop so that I can use the ...
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Stopping BitLocker from prompting for the recovery key at startup

My motherboard on my laptop was just replaced. I have a hard drive encrypted with BitLocker. How do I get it to stop prompting me for the recovery key at startup? Extra details: I have the recovery ...
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BitLocker status “Not Encryptable” for my USB drives

I encrypted my regular disks with BitLocker, but I am unable to do so with any USB drive I have. When I select the disk in Windows Explorer, I don't have the right-click menu "Manage BitLocker" on ...
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Can't shrink a data partition on a Windows 8 computer

My computer is running Windows 8 X64 Enterprise. I have two partitions, C (System) and D (Data). Both are bitlocked. I would like to shrink my D partition (in order to create a new one). Using the ...
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How to encrypt my system partition?

I want to encrypt my main hard drive (where I have my OS, programs, etc.) and I have looked for tutorials online but each one seems to follow different steps, some say that I need another partition to ...
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Can Bitlocker be used in a dual boot system with Windows on one drive, Linux on another?

My workplace allows for remote logins to the company network, with certain prerequisites for securing a computer before making the connection, one of which is that Windows must be used to make the ...
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Forcing Windows to mount a drive with a specific drive letter

I have a USB key with sensitive data on it. It contains a TrueCrypt container, which I can mount to a specific drive letter through a TrueCrypt installation on the same device. This is all great, ...
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BitLocker USB Drive removed while accessing, filesystem is corrupt, can it be fixed?

(Similar to: Drive removed while accessing, filesystem is corrupt, can it be fixed?, but with the added complexity that the drive had BitLocker on...) Hi, I am facing the following problem with an ...
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Will Bitlocker make it impossible to read my files from my dual booting Ubuntu OS?

When I activate BitLocker, I imagine that will make it impossible to read any files on my Windows partition from my Ubuntu installation. Is that correct? Any way to not encrypt certain directories ...
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Windows Bitlocker and automatic unlock password storage safety

I've encrypted my external HDD with a Bitlocker and after rebooting computer I tried to open that drive and got this message: Say, if I pick to "Automatically unlock on this computer from now on", ...
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Locally encrypt Dropbox folder

I would like to encrypt the local copies of my Dropbox files, but not the online versions. I have log on password protection (not BIOS) on my Windows 7 Ultimate laptop but that's easily circumvented ...
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Overwrote Bitlocker MBR

I'm not sure exactly how I overwrote it, but I was writing a floppy image to a floppy disk (using a USB floppy drive), and somehow I inadvertently wrote the floppy disk to my primary hard disk which I ...
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I initiated decryption of my bitlocker drive from Windows 8 recovery prompt. Any indication how long it will take?

Booted into the Windows 8 recovery menu to see if I could decrypt my secondary HDD with the recovery tools. Found that I can do it in the dos prompt there after unlocking the drive. However, after ...
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Is it better to use Bitlocker or the built-in-drive-encryption that my ssd offers?

System: Intel i7 4790 ( has AES-NI function ) ASUS Z97-PRO mobo Samsung 250GB EVO ssd ( with built in encryption option ) Windows 7 x64 If i just want to encypt my boot drive with AES256 or ...
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Replace truecrypt container with bitlocker vhd

Right now I'm have truecrypt mount a container file at startup. All that is needed after log on is the truecrypt password and then the container mounts. It stores any personal data on my work ...
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Does BitLocker reduce write reliability?

For the purposes of this question, BitLocker refers to the BitLocker-to-go variety on a disk with write-caching disabled. NTFS supports metadata journaling, which, although not completely failsafe, ...
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User based BitLocker Drive Encryption

While Unlocking a Encrypted Drive.. It is possible for that drive to be unlocked for only the particular user and not all other users who use the system. For example, there are two users... User1 ...
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Bitlocker USB-Key and harddrive stolen, data still secure?

my Laptop without TPM was stolen. The USB-Key was connected to the device. Can the robber with the usb-key access my data? I have protected my windows account with a password. It is possible to access ...
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How do I get a TPM module for a motherboard that does not already have one?

I have an ASUS P8P67 DELUXE motherboard, which (as far as I can tell) does not come with a TPM module, so I can't use BitLocker without a PIN or USB key. Is there any way to buy and install a TPM ...
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Detecting a TPM chip?

I have a HP Mini 311-1000CA netbook running Windows 7 Ultimate. I'd really like to encrypt the harddrive using BitLocker but I am unsure as to how to work out if the Mini has a TPM chip or not. Any ...
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What is the safest encryption for a Dell Lattitude?

I use a Dell Lattitude with a TPM. There are so many options in the BIOS though for passwords. I can set a System Password, Admin Password and even HDD-0 Password. I can also use Bitlocker in ...
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How can I do a Complete PC Restore from a bitlocker encrypted drive (Windows Vista)?

I'm running Windows Vista SP 2. My Windows OS drive is bitlocker encrypted. I have a Complete PC Backup of the OS drive on a secondary drive also bitlocker encrypted. I want to replace the OS drive ...
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When does BitLocker unlocks auto-unlockable disks?

Sorry for the tongue-twister in the title :) I have 2 hard disks, one small and fast (system) and other big and slow (data), both fixed. I want to have both of them fully encrypted, and for that ...
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How do I encrypt Samsung 840 SSD with Bitlocker?

I need help encrypting my Samsung 840 Evo with Bitlocker. Here is my hardware: Samsung Evo 840 500GB hard drive (firmware EXT0BB6Q) Asus P8z77-v motherboard (BIOS v. 2104) Asus TPM chip - purchased ...
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Does Windows 10's BitLocker need special hardware support?

Does Windows 10's BitLocker need special hardware support or can I expect it to work in any computer (such as Mac Book Pro)?
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D drive is read-only after windows 10 upgade

I'm trying to figure out why my D: drive is read only after updating to Windows 10. It is a separate hard drive and not a partition of another hard drive. I do have bit locker installed but it is ...
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Switch Windows 8 from a hybrid MBR/GPT => GPT only on Macbook Pro Retina

I used DiskUtility+Bootcamp Wizard to setup my hard drive for Windows 8 (final MSDN). Somewhere in that process, the Apple tools turned my GPT disk into a hybrid MBR/GPT. All four of my MBR's primary ...
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Why does BitLocker want a recovery key instead of a password?

I have a .vhd image of a BitLocker encrypted drive. When I mount and double click the drive, BitLocker wants me to enter a 48-digit recovery key and doesn't ask for a password. Why is that so and ...
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Is it possible to have BitLocker and FileVault on the same MacBoock Pro with Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan and Windows 10?

Is it possible to have BitLocker and FileVault on the same MacBook Pro with Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan and Windows 10? So far I only found this technique: ...
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recover files encyrpted in bitlocker

I activated bitlocker with my drive and when it was encrypting something the power was suddenly interrupted. When I returned to my drive and entered the unlock password, The bitlocker wizard is not ...
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Why is my bitlocker data drive unlocked for a few seconds after boot?

To specify: why is the data on my bitlocker encrypted drive available for a few seconds after logging in? After a few seconds the system 'notices' the drives are bitlocker encrypted and need to be ...
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Win 7 full disk encryption with backup

I have a win 7 laptop that I would like to fully encrypt the hard drive and back up the encrypted hard drive routinely. Should I use TrueCrypt (not running Ultimate)? And how would I access the ...
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BitLocker dialog: disable the “Show password characters as I type them” checkbox option

Is there a way to turn off or otherwise disable the below option/checkbox on the initial BitLocker dialog that pops up when you insert a BitLocker-encrypted USB key? If the checkbox is checked -- ...