Windows 10: Encrypting a hard drive

  1.    17 Jun 2018 #1

    Encrypting a hard drive

    Good day all,

    I don't even know if this is the correct place to ask this so if anyone has a better place either on this forum or elsewhere I would appreciate it.

    Basically I know very little about encryption beyond the basics of what it is. What I'm looking for is a program that will allow me to encrypt a hard drive and have it so it will work fine to the PC that I associate with it, and the program recognizes the pairing to facilitate that, but if someone tried to use the hard drive on another computer the data would not be accessible if they didn't enter a password into the same program on that computer to pair/decrypt the hard drive for the new computer. It's a USB drive so I'd like to be able to unplug and replug it in to the primary computer and have it be accessible without having to go through a long decryption process.

    I'm just wondering first if that is possible, and secondly if so if anyone could recommend a program that would do it. Preferably a free program but if paid is the only way to go I'd be willing to pay if I have to to protect my data.

    Thank you very kindly for your time.
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18262
       17 Jun 2018 #2


    If you have Windows 10 Pro, you could use BitLocker to encrypt the USB drive how you wanted.

    Turn On or Off BitLocker for Removable Data Drives in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
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  3.    17 Jun 2018 #3

    Thank you for your reply, unfortunately I only have Home.
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