How to Encrypt Drive with BitLocker in Windows 10/8.1/8/7 Home & Windows 7 Professional Editions?

Updated on March 2, 2020 by Admin to BitLocker for Windows Home

We can't use BitLocker Drive Encryption to encrypt volumes in Windows 10/8.1/8/7 Home Edition & Windows 7 Professional Edition by default, because Microsoft does not enable BitLocker Drive Encryption feature in these editions of Windows. This is why Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere came into being. With Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere, you can easily encrypt volumes with BitLocker Drive Encryption in these editions of Windows, and this article will help you explain how it works.

Tips:

  • Terminating the program, removing the drive or abnormal power off during encryption will result in data corruption, so it is recommended that you back up the files on the volume you want to encrypt before encrypting it.
  • Please keep the BitLocker password in mind and back up the BitLocker recovery key safely, losing both of them will cause the data to be inaccessible.
  • Not only can you use it to encrypt data partitions, you can also use it to encrypt Windows partition.

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Tutorial to Encrypt Drive with BitLocker in Windows 10/8.1/8/7 Home & Windows 7 Pro Editions.

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".

select the drive to encrypt

Please note: Not only can you use it to encrypt data partitions, you can also use it to encrypt Windows partition.

 

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.

enter encrypt password

  • Encrypt used disk space only: Allows you to encrypt only the disk space that is currently used by the drive file system, unused space will remain unencrypted, this option can help you save time spent on encryption. After you encrypt a drive with this option, all files that you added to the drive are automatically encrypted.
  • Compatible mode: If the drive that you plan to encrypt needs to be used on Windows operating systems prior to Windows 10 Version 1511, you should choose compatible mode. Windows 10 Version 1511 introduces a new disk encryption mode (XTS-AES) that is not compatible with older versions of Windows, the compatible mode (AES-CBC) is full compatible with older versions of Windows.
  • Use 256-bit encryption: Bitlocker supports 128-bit and 256-bit encryption strength. The 256-bit encryption is more secure but will take up more CPU resources, so you should choose different encryption strengths according to your needs. Please tick this checkbox if you want to use 256 encryption strength.

 

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.

back up bitlocker recovery key

 

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.

encrypting drive with bitlocker

 

Step 6. After the encryption is complete, click the "Finish" button to close the window.

encryption is complete

 

To sum it all up, Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere is a versatile software tool that provides a unique and very useful feature: giving you the chance to Encrypt Drive with BitLocker in Windows 10/8.1/8/7 Home & Windows 7 Professional. With the easy encryption wizard, enabling BitLocker drive encryption is as easy as it can be.