After upgrading to Windows 10 from Windows 7 Pro, I finally got the Windows 10 home edition, this means that I cannot use BitLocker to encrypt the disks. Is there any way to turn on BitLocker or is there any other full disk encryption software available in Windows 10 home edition?
We do not just use our computers to work, learn and entertain, but we also use it to store files and data. How do we prevent unauthorized access if we have a large number of confidential documents stored on a computer? Usually we use the system login password to prevent unauthorized access, but this is not safe enough because the hard disk can be removed from the chassis and plugged into another computer for access. Is there a better way to increase the security of your data or files in Windows 11/10 Home? The answer is to use a full disk encryption software for Windows to encrypt the disk.
Now, all modern operating systems provide a full disk encryption software, such as MacOS's built-in FileVault, Windows's built-in BitLocker and Linux's LUKS. Unlike MacOS and Linux, Windows 11/10 still doesn’t offer BitLocker to everyone, it is available only in Windows 11/10 Professional or Enterprise edition. If you are using a Windows 11/10 Home Edition, you may ask: How to Enable Full-Disk Encryption on Windows 11/10 Home Edition? The answer is to use Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere, and you can find a detailed guide below.
Step 1. Download and install Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere.
Step 2. Launch Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere, right-click the drive letter you want to encrypt, then click "Turn On BitLocker".
Step 3. In this step, you are required to specify a password for encrypting the drive, enter the password and click "Next". You should choose a password having a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers, spaces, and special symbols. Once the encryption is complete, you can access the drive using this password.
Step 4. Back up BitLocker recovery key, then click "Next" to move on. You can save the recovery key to a file or print a copy of it. Please note that anyone can use the recovery key to gain access to the drive, even if they do not know the password entered in the previous step, so please do not disclose it to others.
Step 5. Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere will now encrypt the contents of the selected drive using BitLocker drive encryption. The encryption process could take a long time to finish depending on the size of the drive, so please be patient to wait. If you don't want to wait until the encryption operation is finished, "Shut down the computer when the operation is completed" option is a good idea. Just check it.
Step 6. After the encryption is complete, click the "Finish" button to close the window.
As the best full disk encryption software for Windows 11/10 Home, you can not only use it to encrypt the disk, but also use it to decrypt the disk, change encryption password, export BitLocker Recovery Key & Startup Key, lock & unlock BitLocker Encrypted Drive.