How to Add ‘Lock Drive’ to Context Menu of BitLocker Encrypted Drives in Windows 10 – Windows Blog by Brink

How to Add ‘Lock Drive’ to Context Menu of BitLocker Encrypted Drives in Windows 10

You can use BitLocker Drive Encryption to help protect your files on an entire drive. BitLocker can help block hackers from accessing the system files they rely on to discover your password, or from accessing your drive by physically removing it from your PC and installing it in a different one. You can still sign in to Windows and use your files as you normally would.

BitLocker can encrypt the drive Windows is installed on (the operating system drive) as well as fixed data drives (such as internal hard drives). You can also use BitLocker To Go to help protect all files stored on a removable data drive (such as an external hard drive or USB flash drive).

You can choose how you want to unlock an encrypted data drive: with a password or a smart card. For removable data drives encrypted with BitLocker To Go, you can set the drive to automatically unlock when you sign in to the PC. For fixed data drives, you can also set the drive to automatically unlock when you unlock the PC, if you prefer, as long as the operating system drive is BitLocker-protected.

To lock a fixed data drive encrypted by BitLocker, you could restart the computer unless you set the drive to automatically unlock when you sign in.

To lock a removable data drive encrypted by BitLocker, you could disconnect the drive or restart the computer unless you set the drive to automatically unlock when you connect the drive or sign in.

This tutorial will show you how to add Lock Drive to the context menu of all unlocked fixed and removable drives encrypted by BitLocker to be able to lock the drive on demand in Windows 10.

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