Windows

Secure your hard drive with Windows Vista BitLocker

Introduction

By George Ou

The Enterprise and Ultimate editions of Windows Vista offer BitLocker, a new data protection feature that does volume-level encryption on your hard disk drive. BitLocker complements, and in some cases replaces, Windows EFS (Encrypting File System).

In this gallery, I'll walk through the steps for enabling BitLocker, which operates only on the Boot partition, typically the drive labeled C:.




This gallery is also available as an article and PDF download.

About

Jody Gilbert has been writing and editing technical articles for the past 25 years. She was part of the team that launched TechRepublic and is now senior editor for Tech Pro Research.

3 comments
youval
youval

does the bitlocker replaces anti-virus software?

stress junkie
stress junkie

I've got a better solution. Use True Crypt. http://www.truecrypt.org/ It will work on several versions of Windows: W2K, XP (any edition), W2K3 Server, and Linux. This means that you can have a common encryption system for multiple platforms. It's free!!! It can use multiple encryption algorithms in series on any data set. That means that you can have the data first encrypted by AES then Blowfish and then Serpent before it is written to disk. It will, naturally, have to run the decryption through all of those algorithms in reverse order to decrypt the data. It's free!!! It can create hidden True Crypt volumes inside a visible True Crypt volume (steganographic file systems). It's free!!! True Crypt can use key files for access. This allows the use of USB devices for authorization to mount the encrypted data volume. And ......... it's free!!! :D

OkO
OkO

Very nice description of using BitLocker... But: is it possible to 'undo' it?