Bitlocker for Windows 10/8/7 Home edition

Due to new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), we have to make our drives being encrypted. Bitlocker is the truely secure encryption software built-in Windows OS. However, Bitlocker drive encryption feature is missing in Windows 10 Home edition, Windows 8 Home edition, Windows 7 Home edition and Windows 7 Professional edition's control panel, how to encrypt drive with Bitlocker in Windows 10/8/7 Home Operating System?

With the help of M3 Bitlocker Loader for Windows, we can easily create an encrypted container which is compatible with Bitlocker Drive Encryption so that the hard drive, external hard drive, USB drive, flash drive, SD card, etc. is protected by Bitlocker in Windows 10/8/7 Home edition and Windows 7 Professional edition.

Fastly encrypt drive in Windows 7

Unlike Bitlocker Drive Encryption feature built-in Windows 7, M3 Bitlocker Loader for Windows only encrypts the used space on the specific drive so that the encryption process will be quicker than the Bitlocker Drive Encryption feature built-in Windows 7.

Data protection even if power failure

M3 Bitlocker Loader for Windows has built-in data protection function, the encryption process can be resumed even if power failure during encryption process, so please don't worry about data loss when using M3 Bitlocker Loader for Windows to encrypt the drive.

Keep data security

M3 Bitlocker Loader for Windows uses the encryption log to record the encryption process so that the encryption process can be rolled back even if the encryption process interrupted/failed, and then you can continue

Lock drive without rebooting OS

Unlike Windows OS, M3 Bitlocker Loader for Windows can lock as many Bitlocker encrypted drives are needed without having to reboot Windows Operating System.

Tips: Current version doesn't support to encrypt system partition (C drive), please contact [email protected] if you have this needs.

How Bitlocker works on Windows 10/8/7 Home edition?

Step 1: Download, install and launch M3 Bitlocker Loader for Windows on Windows 10/8/7 Home edition.

Step 2: Click Encrypt located at the right of the partition we want to encrypt.

M3 Bitlocker Loader for Windows

Step 3: Enter the password (The password is used to encrypt the drive and unlock the Bitlocker encrypted drive later, passwords should contain upper and lower case letters, numbers, spaces, and special symbols).

Enter the password

Step 4: Click Next and then save the recovery key (There are two options to save the recovery key: Save to a file and print the recovery key). The recovery key can also be used to unlock the Bitlocker encrypted drive even if you forgot the password.

Save the recovery key

Step 5: Click Next and then start Bitlocker drive encryption. The encryption process will take a long time to finish depending on the size of the drive, so please wait patiently and don't disconnect the drive if it is an external drive.

Start Bitlocker drive encryption

How to unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive on Windows 10/8/7 Home edition?

There are three solutions to unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive on Windows 10/8/7 Home edition:

Solution 1: M3 Bitlocker Loader for Windows

Step 1: Download, install and launch M3 Bitlocker Loader for Windows on Windows 10/8/7 Home.

Step 2: Click Unlock located at the right of the Bitlocker encrypted partition.

Step 3: Enter the password to unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive. If you don't have the password, please click "More options" -> "Enter recovery key" -> Enter the recovery key to unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive.

Solution 2: My Computer (This PC) or Disk Management

Although Windows 10/8/7 Home edition doesn't have Bitlocker drive encryption feature, but Windows 10 Home can unlock and open Bitlocker encrypted drive.

Step 1: Right click the Bitlocker encrypted drive in My Computer (This PC) or Disk Management.

Step 2: Select Unlock from the right-click menu.

Step 3: Enter the password to unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive.

Unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive with password

If you don't have the password, please click "More options" -> click "Enter recovery key".

Unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive

Enter the recovery key to unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive.

Unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive with recovery key

Solution 3: Manage-bde Command Prompt

Step 1: Type cmd in search, right click cmd.exe from the search results and then choose "Run as administrator" from the menu.

Step 2: When Command Prompt opens, enter the command: manage-bde -unlock X: -password and press Enter (Replace X with the drive letter of your Bitlocker encrypted drive).

Step 3: Enter the password to unlock Bitlocker encrypted volume.

Unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive with manage-bde

How to change Bitlocker password on Windows 10/8/7 Home edition?

Step 1: Type cmd in search, right click cmd.exe from the search results and then choose "Run as administrator" from the menu.

Step 2: Type the command: manage-bde -changepassword X: (Replace X with the drive letter of your Bitlocker encrypted drive), and press Enter.

Step 3: Type the new password when prompted and press Enter.

Step 4: Confirm the new password by typing it again when prompted and press Enter.

Step 5: If your password has been successfully updated, you can now close the command prompt window.

How to turn off, disable Bitlocker Drive Encryption on Windows 10/8/7 Home edition?

Solution 1: Manage-bde Command Prompt

Step 1: Type cmd in search, right click cmd.exe from the search results and then choose "Run as administrator" from the menu.

Step 2: When Command Prompt opens, enter the command: manage-bde -off X: and press Enter (Replace X with the drive letter of your Bitlocker encrypted drive). After that, Bitlocker drive encryption will be turned off on the specific drive and the data is not protected by Bitlocker any more.

Solution 2: Another computer

If we have another computer whose Operating System is 7 Ultimate/Enterprise, Windows 8/8.1 Professional/Enterprise or Windows 10 Professional/Enterprise, we can connect Bitlocker encrypted drive to this computer and then turn off Bitlocker drive encryption using Control Panel.

Step 1: Open the Search bar and type Control Panel.

Step 2: Double-click Bitlocker Drive Encrypition.

Step 3: Expand the related Bitlocker encrypted drive.

Step 4: Click "Turn off Bitlocker".

Turn off Bitlocker drive encryption

Step 5: Click "Turn off Bitlocker" in the window. After doing that, BitLocker drive encryption will be permanently disabled on the specific drive and the data is not protected by Bitlocker any more.

Solution 3: Reformat the Bitlocker encrypted drive

If there is no important data in Bitlocker encrypted drive, we can directly reformat Bitlocker encrypted drive to turn off Bitlocker drive encryption on that drive. If there is important data, we need to back up the data before reformatting.

Step 1: Right click Bitlocker encrypted drive in My Computer (This PC) or Disk Management.

Step 2: Select "Format...".

Step 3: Select file system, allocation unit size, set volume label and click Start to format Bitlocker encrypted drive.

Editor Review

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As a Bitlocker To Go utility for Mac, M3 Bitlocker Loader for Mac is recommended by IS &T staff members in Knowledge Base of Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Learn more >>

From Softonic

Softonic

M3 Mac Bitlocker Loader is a tool that can be used on the Mac to treat (primarily) Windows systems that have been encrypted with BitLocker are only intended to be decrypted and viewed on Windows systems but M3 Mac Bitlocker Loader's purpose is to let you view the file system of these computers and access it without encryption getting in the way. You can also copy files to the encrypted drive and it'll still be encrypted when you're done! Learn more >>

Tech Specification

Supported storage devices

external hard drive, hard drive, USB drive, flash drive, SD card, CF card, MicroSD card, memory card, CF card, SanDisk card, memory stick, USB stick, thumb drive and other storage device.

System Requirements

Supported OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012.

Supported file systems: NTFS, FAT32, exFAT

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McGee

2019-06-20 22:06:15

Worked out like a dream! Awesome!

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Frequently Asked Questions

How to test M3 Bitlocker Loader for Windows before purchasing?

M3 Bitlocker Loader for Windows has a 7-day free trial version with full functions.

Can I encrypt system partition (C drive) with M3 Bitlocker Loader for Windows?

No, encrypting system partition requires your computer has TPM (Trusted Platform Modules), so current version doesn't support it.

How to remove/turn off Bitlocker drive encryption?

If there is no important data in Bitlocker encrypted drive, please reformat it. If there is important data, please refer to: How to remove/turn off Bitlocker drive encryption?

How to change Bitlocker password?

How to recover data from Bitlocker encrypted drive?

Please download M3 Bitocker Recovery and have a try.

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