September 27, 2009

Encrypting USB Drive

To encrypt your thumb drive:

1. Plug your thumb drive into a USB port.
2. Click the Start button, type BitLocker, and click on BitLocker Drive Encryption.
3. Next to your thumb drive icon, click Turn on BitLocker.





4. If your thumb drive is compatible, BitLocker will prepare it for encryption.




5. Choose a password and click Continue




6. Either save your recovery key (used if you forget your password) or print a copy of it.




7. If you save the file, ensure the file is stored somewhere safe.




8. Click Next.
9. Confirm your chosen settings and password and click Start Encrypting.
10. Your drive will now be encrypted.
11 If you have a large thumb drive, this can take a long time.

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