BitLockerÂ Drive Encryption is a data protection feature that integrates with the operating system and addresses the threats of data theft or exposure from lost, stolen, or inappropriately decommissioned drives and computers.
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 aÂ removable data driveÂ encrypted by BitLocker To Go, you could disconnect the drive orÂ restart the computerÂ unless you set the drive toÂ automatically unlockÂ when you connect the drive or sign in next.
This tutorial will show you how to addÂ Lock DriveÂ to the context menu of all unlocked fixed and removable drives encrypted by BitLocker to lock the drive on demand in Windows 11.