BitLocker in 10 Pro - why is the icon looking this way?


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    BitLocker in 10 Pro - why is the icon looking this way?


    Hi -

    I noticed this in BitLocker but can't remember if it is is normal.

    Look at the Icon posted below...

    BitLocker in 10 Pro - why is the icon looking this way?-capture.png

    If the drive is Fully Encrypted with BitLocker, why is the padlock shown in a open state?

    TIA

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    Hey Brian,

    That icon indicates that your Windows drive is currently unlocked. This is normal if it is currently running since you have to unlock Bitlocker at startup for the Windows drive.
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    Brink said:
    Hey Brian,

    That icon indicates that your Windows drive is currently unlocked. This is normal if it is currently running since you have to unlock Bitlocker at startup for the Windows drive.
    Also have it for my Data drive, D: -
    Then when is it shown closed?

    Thanks.
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    Usually, it'll only show as locked (closed) if you booted to a different OS or have the drive in a different computer.
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    Brink said:
    Usually, it'll only show as locked (closed) if you booted to a different OS or have the drive in a different computer.
    Ah, now that makes sense, thanks!
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    As for the data drive, it just depends on if you setup BitLocker to automatically unlock it or not.

    You can always turn on or off auto-unlock for the data drive though.

    Turn On or Off Auto-unlock for BitLocker Drive in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
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    @Brink -

    Thanks again for the clarification!
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    You're most welcome Brian.
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