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, Windows 8 Home, Windows 7 Home and Windows 7 Professional 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 drive is protected by Bitlocker in Windows 10 Home, Windows 8 Home, Windows 7 Home and Windows 7 Professional.
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.
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.
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
Unlike Windows OS, M3 Bitlocker Loader for Windows can lock as many Bitlocker encrypted drives are needed without having to reboot Windows Operating System.
Step 1: Download, install and launch M3 Bitlocker Loader for Windows 0n Windows 10 Home.
Step 2: Click Encrypt located at the right of the partition we want to encrypt.
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).
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 also can be used to unlock the Bitlocker encrypted drive even if you forgot the password.
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.
Solution 1: Manage-bde Command Prompt
Step 1: Type cmd in search, right click cmd.exe and choose "Run as administrator" from the menu.
Step 2: When Command Prompt opens, enter manage-bde -off X: command and run it (X is the drive letter of the selected 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".
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.
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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 >>
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 >>
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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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?
Please refer to: How to change Bitlocker password?
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