Password protect folder in USB drive in Win10 for other user's WIn 7?


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    Password protect folder in USB drive in Win10 for other user's WIn 7?


    I plan to go on a trip so this would be in case of loss of the USB drive.

    Any recommendations or suggestions?

    Built-in Windows tool is preferred but 3rd party portable tools is fine too.

    I'm using the latest update of Windows 10 Pro. Thank you.
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    Hello @bofhlusr,

    bofhlusr said:
    I plan to go on a trip so this would be in case of loss of the USB drive.

    Any recommendations or suggestions?

    Built-in Windows tool is preferred but 3rd party portable tools is fine too.

    Have a look at these . . .

    > Encrypt Files and Folders with EFS in Windows 10 - TenForums.
    > How to Encrypt a USB Drive in Windows 10 - MakeTechEasier.
    > Turn On or Off BitLocker for Operating System Drive in Windows 10 - It does mention USB - TenForums.

    Quote from the above [ last ] Tutorial . . .

    BitLocker can encrypt the drive Windows is installed on (the operating system drive) as well as fixed data drives (such as internal hard drives). You can also use BitLocker To Go to help protect all files stored on a removable data drive (such as an external hard drive or USB flash drive).

    I hope this helps.
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    Windows 10 Pro
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    @Paul Black, thank you. Additional detail and questions.

    For the tools you mentioned, will I be able unencrypt or unhide them in Windows 7 without using 3rd party tools or if I have to, without have to install a program in the other user's PC.

    I wanted to protect a folder that has 1TB of data and quickly make it accessible elsewhere.

    I tried using Bit-locker on the external portable drive attached to my Win10 desktop but I could not access the portable bit-locked drive in another users Win7 desktop.

    Another question: if a drive has bit-locker and develops a hardware problem, will Seagate still be able to check it if I send it to them for warranty work? Thanks again.
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