I am thinking of encrypting my Windows 10 laptop with BitLocker (although I am curious about the answer for other versions too). If I start the process I imagine it will take a while since I have lots of data on my system drive. While this is happening will I be able to use my laptop still?

  • As said, yes. Except that when I encrypted my data drive (HDD), youtube videos did not play (only the first half second would show). Strange, as all browser files (program and profile folder) are on the (already encrypted) other SSD. Everything else worked fine. Sep 16, 2016 at 10:29

1 Answer 1


Yes you can still continue to work while BitLocker encrypts in the background.

  • 1
    I experienced the same thing with TrueCrypt. The encryption system keeps track of which blocks are encrypted. Programs can continue operate as they normally would, regardless of whether that particular file has been encrypted or not yet (or partially encrypted). Jul 12, 2016 at 20:25
  • 1
    Im encrypting a drive right now and using the computer
    – Keltari
    Jul 14, 2016 at 5:43
  • 1
    You can ever reboot and it will pick up where it left off.
    – Andy
    Jul 16, 2016 at 1:16

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .