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BitLocker in Windows 11: how to use it to encrypt your hard drive

Let’s explain to you how to encrypt one of your computer’s hard drives with BitLocker for Windows 11. This is the technology that Windows includes to easily encrypt a hard drive, whether it is the entire hard drive you choose or just the part that you have occupied.

Encrypting one of your hard drives means that No person will be able to access your data without having the password. whatever you put in it, although if you lose this key you may have problems recovering the data. Therefore, it is a security option only for those looking for extra protection, while for many of us it may not be necessary.

And it is the fact that the function is aimed at an area where more sensitive data is processed that makes it BitLocker is a feature of Windows 11 Pro, and that in the Home version you may not have it. Even so, we will tell you how it works if it is available.

Use BitLocker in Windows 11

Bitlocker

Although BitLocker may be in the Windows settings of your computer, there are times that depending on the version of Windows you have, it does not appear there. Therefore, the fastest is search the word bitlocker in the start menu of Windows, and there you should see the option to Manage BitLocker.

Choose Hard Drive
Choose Hard Drive

When you open this application, you will enter the screen to activate BitLocker. In it you have to choose the hard drive you want to encrypt choosing the option Activate BitLocker that is in it. This will start the process of setting up your encryption.

Key
Key

Once the hard drive has been chosen, the next step is choose where to keep the key to unlock the content. This is the most important thing, because if you lose it you will not be able to access the content you encrypt. You can save it in your Microsoft account to make it more convenient, or if you prefer more security, create a file with it to carry on a USB or print it.

What to Encrypt
What to Encrypt

In the next step, you will have to choose how much hard drive do you want to encrypt. Here, you can encrypt only the space that is used, which is the fastest, or directly encrypt the entire hard drive.

Cipher Edition
Cipher Edition

Next, you will have to choose encryption mode. If you are going to encrypt a hard drive that is fixed to the same computer, you can use the new and more modern one. But if it is a hard drive that you are going to take to other computers with versions of Windows prior to Windows 10, then it is best to use compatible mode.

Start
Start

In the next step you will go to the screen where you can start encryption just as you have configured it. You can check the option to check the system first to make sure everything is working well. Just remember that this encryption will take several minutes, and will slow down your computer, so it’s best to do it when you’re not going to use it.

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