Wednesday, March 25, 2009

How to Use BitLocker To Go on Windows 7

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Windows 7 BitLocker has been enhanced to provide a better experience for end users. Without having to navigate the Control Panel or configure any difficult settings, users can easily protect USB removable storage devices.

The option is available by simply right-clicking on a drive in Windows Explorer to enable BitLocker protection. With BitLocker To Go, you can encrypt removable storage devices, such USB flash drives. All you need to do is right-click on the drive you want to protect, select the “Turn on BitLocker” menu option, and follow the basic wizard.

Using BitLocker To Go devices on Windows XP and Vista

Microsoft provides a BitLocker Reader application on the encrypted device, allowing users to access the stored files. There is one huge limitation to BitLocker Reader, however: It is read-only. So after you've provided the password to unlock the drive, you can view files and copy them to your PC hard drive. But you cannot save files back to the device.