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.

Data protection even if power failure

M3 BitLocker Loader for Windows has a built-in unique 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.

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.

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: M3 BitLocker Loader for Windows cannot encrypt boot 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

Editor Review

From MIT KB

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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

User Reviews

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Reviews

Hash

2020-07-26 16:13:38

Seems like a great company. I bought the program. They deliver the right product, does what its expected to do and bug free. They even describe what possibility you have if you don't use their software.

seaquark

2020-05-26 13:42:11

Initial reaction is mixed at best. While the app appears to be working on encrypting my data on a 250GB external drive, there is no way to determine how much has been encrypted and how much is left to encrypt. The interface is marginal at best. If PC resolution does not fit the app desires, the readout is cropped, so you need to guess what is being shown. While the app is simple to use, it is not a user friendly interface. I have no idea on how long I must keep encrypting my external drive and what happens if I stop the process.

Vasile

2019-11-18 11:52:51

A friend uses it and he is fully satisfied.I would like to give it a try with trial version

McGee

2019-06-20 22:06:15

Worked out like a dream! Awesome!

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