How to encrypt a BitLocker drive in Windows 11?

BitLocker windows 11

Did you know Windows 11 supports BitLocker encryption, which allows you to securely protect the data in the drive? This works If you remove the drive from your computer and connect it to another device, you will need to enter a recovery key to access the data stored on it.

By default, BitLocker encryption is disabled, and the Windows operating system does not prompt you to enable it during initial setup, which would be extremely useful. Encrypting the drive yourself is quite simple, and after that, you can be sure that no one will steal your data, even if your computer or the drive installed in it falls into the wrong hands.

How to Enable BitLocker Encryption in Windows 11?

To turn on Windows device encryption;

  1. Sign in to Windows with an administrator account (you may have to sign out and back in to switch accounts). For more info, see Create a local or administrator account in Windows 10.
  2. Select the Start button, then select Settings  > Update & Security > Device encryption. If Device encryption doesn’t appear, it isn’t available.
  3. If device encryption is turned off, select Turn on.

If you saved the disk decryption key in your Microsoft account, it will be stored at this address. To enter this page, you will need to enter your account password and confirm authentication by entering the code that will be sent to your email. You can delete this key at any time, but before doing so, it is recommended that you open the BitLocker Management utility and disable BitLocker for the encrypted drive, otherwise you risk losing access to your data.

Even if you have encrypted the system drive (the one where Windows is installed), the computer will not require you to enter the decryption key every time after restarting. It is required only if the drive will be connected to another computer.

Bitlocker is great if you value the privacy of the data that you have on your computer. If you forget your login information Bitlocker will cause you to lose that data so it’s essential to keep good security hygiene

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