I am trying to find a way to protect my Windows laptop from being reused or sold after possible theft. It is my understanding that Bitlocker can at least protect my data and keep my laptop from being wiped via USB and reused/resold.

However, can't the thief just take out the encrypted drive and replace it with a new one? Does Bitlocker protect against this in any way?

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Bitlocker can only prevent the data on your hard drive from being read. A drive that has been encrypted with Bitlocker can still be reformatted and reused by anyone.

While physical security is the only option to prevent laptop theft, there are products that can help you recover stolen laptops. LoJack for Laptops enabled devices can be traced when connected to the internet.

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