How to Enable Full Disk Encryption in Windows 10

What is Disk Encryption, and how to Enable Full Disk Encryption in Windows 10? In this article, I will help you with all of your questions. Additionally, I will also help you with how you can disable the Disk Encryption.

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Windows Device Encryption or commonly know as Bitlocker, is a security feature provided by Microsoft. The main purpose of the feature is to protect your data from hackers by encrypting your system drive.

Benifits to use Bitlocker?

The Bitlocker definition itself defines its use. The Major benefit of using Bitlocker is that it protects your drive from hackers.

So, In case if you ever lose your system in that scenario, full disk encryption becomes essential, especially if your drive has sensitive files or data.

Moreover, You can also set the BitLocker outside the operating system to encrypt the BIOS page. Without your permission, no one can change the BIOS settings of your computer.

System requirement to use Bitlocker

All the new Laptops are eligible to use Bitlocker. However, if you have an older Pc, these are a few requirements your system must-have.

BIOS must be defined as UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface):

Majorly All system runs on above Windows 7 have this option enabled. You can cross-check by going into the BIOS setting, where the option is available under boot settings.

TPM (Trusted Platform Module) or PTT (Platform Trust Technology) must be enabled:

To enable or disable it, open your BIOS setting and check under the security option.

Secure Boot Must be enabled.

That’s all. If your system is enabled for the above settings, then you can enable Full Disk Encryption in your system.

How to Enable Full Disk Encryption in Windows 10 in 7 Simple steps

So let me help you with how to enable full disk encryption in Windows 10 in 8 Simple steps.

Step 1: Type BitLocker/Manage BitLocker in the “Type here to search” box located in the left side corner. 

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Step 2: Under the BitLocker Driver Encryption option, click on the Turn On Bitlocker option.

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Step 3: Under Now, this step is very, very important as this step will allow you to save your recovery key as a backup. In case you are facing any issue unlocking your Pc, you can use it.

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Step 4: You have to select the amount of drive you want to encrypt on the next option. You will get two options. One is where you want to encrypt the complete driver or encrypt only the used disk space. So you can choose it as per your necessity.

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Step 5: Here, you have to select which type of Driver you are encrypting. Is it a Fixed driver that means it will be within your computer or any external driver? So if you are enabling the description for your system driver, select the first and for an external driver, select the second option.  

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Step 6: Give your confirmation by selecting the box and then click on the continue button to start encryption of the drive.  

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Step 7: Once the encryption is completed, it will ask you to restart/reboot your system. So without restarting, your driver will not get encrypted.

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Once the C driver is encrypted by the above method, you can use the same method for all the drives you want to encrypt.

Similar to the below image, you will get the option where you can select the other drivers that you want to encrypt

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How to Disable Full Disk Encryption in Windows 10

Now, if in case you want to disable the Full Disk Encryption in Windows 10. Then you can do that in 4 Simple steps.

Let me guide you with the screenshots so that you can understand them easily.

Step 1: Type PowerShell in the “Type here to search” box located in the left side corner. 

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Step 2: Right-click on the Windows PowerShell option and run it as Administrator. You will get the below image. Select “Yes”

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Step 3: Here, you have to type manage-bde -status and hit Enter. Check the below image for more clarity.

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Step 4: Once you get the below page, check for the Driver you want to disable the BitLocker. In my case, I have Drive E, so I have written for the same. Type ” Disable-Bitlocker -MountPoint “E:”

If you have to disable Driver C, then in place of E, you can mention C.

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This is the complete step-by-step guide for encrypting your driver. I hope you know How to Enable Full Disk Encryption in Windows 10 and how to disable it.

In case if you still have any questions related to BitLocker, kindly ask in the comment section.

If any of your friends or relative wants to know how to Enable Full Disk Encryption, share this article with them to encrypt their Drives and secure them from hackers.

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