Windows 10: Can This Be Used to Encrypt Certain Folders ONLY and Does It Work Well

  1.    04 May 2016 #1

    Can This Be Used to Encrypt Certain Folders ONLY and Does It Work Well

    Hi, from my understanding, one can use BitLocker ONLY to encrypt entire drives. Not specific folders.
    I noticed this option while right-clicking a folder:

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    I think this would be useful to encrypt only those folders on the drive that may contain sensitive data. Before I enable it, I'd like to know what to expect. Will this be password-protected? Will it remain decrypted until I reboot? Has anyone tried it? Is it a good option?
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  2.    04 May 2016 #2

    Hi, this is not bitlocker - this is the EFS encryption system which has been around from Win 2000.
    Encrypt (EFS) Lock on Icon - Change or Remove in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    Encrypting File System - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Using Encrypting File System
    (old references.. you can search for newer ones...)

    This compares Bitlocker and EFS
    BitLocker Vs. Encrypting File System (EFS) - LockerGnome

    There are some posts where people have experienced difficulties having used EFS- try searching the forum for EFS using the search box above.
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  3.    28 Oct 2016 #3

    I wanted to encrypt part of a removable USB drive and hit the problem of Bitlocker only encrypting drives. I found a work around using this method

    Basically you create a Virtual Hard Drive stored on your removable drive, encrypt that using Bitlocker then copy your files to the encrypted VHD. You will need to mount VHD to access your files.
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       28 Oct 2016 #4

    Didn't check your link but will say I use WinZip to compress files and can assign a password so they can't be opened. Microsoft Office can be set to password protect files, probably other programs can be also. Then they could be stored anywhere and accessed from any computer as long as the password is remembered.
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