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Turn On or Off Auto-unlock for BitLocker Drive in Windows 11

BitLocker 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 turn on BitLocker to encrypt the operating system drive (Windows drive), fixed data drives (internal hard drives), and removable data drives (external hard drive or USB flash drive).

If BitLocker has been turned on for the operating system drive, you can set BitLocker to automatically unlock fixed data drives and removable data drives encrypted by BitLocker when you sign in to Windows. BitLocker uses encrypted information stored in the registry and volume metadata to unlock any drives that use automatic unlocking.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off auto-unlock for a fixed or removable data drive encrypted by BitLocker for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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