How to Encrypt Drive with BitLocker in Linux?

October 24, 2018, Posted by Admin to BitLocker for Linux

BitLocker is is a full-disk encryption software developed by Microsoft for the Windows operating systems, Microsoft did not develop a version of BitLocker for the Linux operating system, so Linux users who want to access BitLocker encrypted partitions can use only third-party BitLocker solutions, and Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere For Linux is such a solution, and it is fully compatible with Microsoft's BitLocker. Here we will describe how to use Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere For Linux to encrypt drive with BitLocker Drive Encryption in Linux.

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.

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Tutorial to Encrypt Drive with BitLocker in Linux.

Step 1. Download and extract Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere For Linux.

Step 2. Open a terminal as a non-root user, go to the bin subfolder under the extract folder, then execute the 'run.sh' script to start the program.

Step 3. Right-click the drive you want to encrypt in main window, then click "Turn On BitLocker".

select the drive to encrypt

 

Step 4. 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 a 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.

 

Step 5. 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 6. Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere For Linux 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 7. After the encryption is complete, click the "Finish" button to return to the main window.

encryption is complete
 

Step 8. In main window, the status of the drive is now encrypted and locked, you have to mount the BitLocker encrypted drive before you can access it.

drive is encrypted and locked