Can I lock a folder with Bitlocker without creating a whole partition?


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    Can I lock a folder with Bitlocker without creating a whole partition?


    Is there a way I can password protect a folder with Bitlocker without having to create a whole new partition on the drive? I just want that one folder to be encrypted while the rest of my C drive is accessible. I don't want it to create a whole separate virtual disk if possible.

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    TheCars said:
    Is there a way I can password protect a folder with Bitlocker without having to create a whole new partition on the drive? I just want that one folder to be encrypted while the rest of my C drive is accessible. I don't want it to create a whole separate virtual disk if possible.

    Windows 10 Pro 22H2
    No that is not possible.

    When you say virtual disk, you mean a new partition with a drive letter I think.

    A virtual hard drive is completely different but may meet your needs. This is a file (bit like an iso file but writeable) that contains data.

    You can create a virtual hardrive (vhdx file) that resides on C drive and bitlock that drive without creating a new partition.
    It will be seens as a separate drive with its own letter.

    Only minor thing, is you have to mount the vhdx each time you log on, but you can do this with a simple batch file running via task scheduler.
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    cereberus said:
    No. When you say virtual disk, you mean a new partition with a drive letter I think.

    A virtual hard drive is different but may meet you needs.

    You can create a virtual hardrive (vhdx file) that resides on C drive and bitlock that drive without creating a new partition.
    It will be seens as a separate drive with its own letter.

    Only minor thing, is you have to mount the vhdx each time you log on, but you can do this with a simple batch file running via task scheduler.
    So there's no way to just lock a folder behind bitlocker? It always needs to make a new drive with its own letter that appears separate in file explorer?
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    TheCars said:
    So there's no way to just lock a folder behind bitlocker? It always needs to make a new drive with its own letter that appears separate in file explorer?
    Q1: Nope.

    Q2: Yep but that can be a virtual drive vdhx file on C drive.

    Why not just bitlock whole of C drive - that is more secure, as user can only access data if they know your Windows password.
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