[Resolved] How to encrypt Boot Camp partition with BitLocker to protect data?

Updated on August 15, 2023 by Admin to BitLocker for Windows Home

What is Boot Camp partition? Boot Camp is a solution provided by Apple that allows users of Intel-based Macintosh computers to install and run the Microsoft Windows operating systems. Boot Camp helps users partition the disk and install Windows to the partition, and helps users install drivers for Apple hardware to ensure that users can run Windows properly on Mac computers. In the process of installing Windows using Boot Camp, the partition created by the Boot Camp utility that used to install Windows is the Boot Camp partition.

What is BitLocker? BitLocker is a full volume encryption feature built into Windows Vista and later operating systems, Windows users typically use it to encrypt hard drives to protect important data from leaks. In the Windows Professional and Enterprise editions, you can use the BitLocker to encrypt the drive directly. In the Windows Home Edition, the features is not available.

How to encrypt Boot Camp partition with BitLocker in Windows Home? Since BitLocker encryption feature is not available in Windows Home Edition, you will not be able to use BitLocker to encrypt Boot Camp partition if you are running Windows Home Edition on your Mac computer. Is there any other way to encrypt the Boot Camp partition with BitLocker? The answer is to use a third-party BitLocker solution Hasleo Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere. Hasleo Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere is the world's first BitLocker for Windows Home, which you can use it to encrypt Boot Camp partition in Windows Home.

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Tutorial to use Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere to encrypt Boot Camp partition to protect your data.

Step 1. Download and install Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere.

Step 2. Launch Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere, right-click the Windows drive letter (usually C:), then click "Turn On BitLocker".

select windows drive to encrypt


Step 3. In this step, you are asked to choose how to unlock the Windows drive at startup. You can choose to enter a password or insert a USB flash drive each time you start your PC.

select how to unlock drive at startup


If you choose to enter a password at startup, 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.

enter encrypt password


If you choose to insert a USB flash drive at startup, you are required to specify a USB drive to save the startup key, select a USB drive and click "Next".

save bitlocker startup key to usb


Step 4. After clicking "Next", you are asked how you want to backup the BitLocker recovery key. You can save the recovery key to a file or print a copy of it, then click "Next" to move on. Please note that anyone can use the recovery key to gain access to the drive, even if they do not have the startup key or password created in the previous step, so please do not disclose it to others.

back up bitlocker recovery key


Step 5. Now a pop-up will appear asking you if you want to reboot into Pre-OS to encrypt the Windows partition. Click "Yes" to continue.

need reboot into Pre-OS


Step 6. Another pop-up will appear asking you if you want to build a WinPE image to continue. Click "Yes".

need build winpe


Step 7. Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere starts building WinPE. This may take several minutes, so please be patient to wait.

building winpe


Step 8. After successfully builded the WinPE image, Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere will prompt you to reboot the computer, click "Yes" button to allow Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere to reboot your computer.

need reboot computer


Step 9. Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere will now reboot and enter Pre-OS to 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.

encrypting drive with bitlocker


Step 10. After the encryption is complete, click the "Finish" button to close the window.

encryption is complete


If you want to encrypt the Boot Camp partition under macOS & OS X, please refer to: How to encrypt Boot Camp partition with BitLocker on Mac?