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Windows 7: Why is the text on my Passport showing blue?

05 Dec 2009   #1
JohnnyScience

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 
Why is the text on my Passport showing blue?

I think this just started happening, but why is the text to all of my files on my passport showing up as blue instead of the normal black?




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05 Dec 2009   #2
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

File or folder name written in blue normally means the item or the drive is compressed or encrypted.

Kari


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05 Dec 2009   #3
JohnnyScience

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
File or folder name written in blue normally means the item or the drive is compressed or encrypted.

Kari
probably encrypted I guess?

But I dont think I set a password?

How can I see if there is a password set for it & if not, create one?
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05 Dec 2009   #4
Kari

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Check first if Passport is compressed. Right click the drive in Computer window, is the the Compress this drive to save disk space checked?

If it's compressed (Bitlocker etc.) and you don't have the password you are screwed (pardon my French)

Kari
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05 Dec 2009   #5
JohnnyScience

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 

yeah it is clicked & is on.

Its a 500g HDD I'm only using like 13g right now.

There is no reason to allow compression is there?

I want to be able to just plug the drive in & double click like normal...

Now that I've unchecked it, how do I add password encryption?

I'm using 2nd copy to back up my media & Acronis for OS iso if it makes a difference.
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05 Dec 2009   #6
Kari

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Just uncheck the compression. Should be fine then.

Kari
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05 Dec 2009   #7
JohnnyScience

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 

Now that I've unchecked it, how do I add password encryption?

I'm using 2nd copy to back up my media & Acronis for OS iso if it makes a difference.
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05 Dec 2009   #8
Kari

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JohnnyScience View Post
Now that I've unchecked it, how do I add password encryption?

I'm using 2nd copy to back up my media & Acronis for OS iso if it makes a difference.
If you are using Seven Ultimate, you could use Bitlocker. Right click the drive in Computer window, choose Turn on Bitlocker.

Be sure to print the encryption key sheet!

Kari
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05 Dec 2009   #9
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Before using Bitlocker-to-go on the drive, take off all the data and backup it up!
If things go wrong....
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06 Dec 2009   #10
Kari

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Before using Bitlocker-to-go on the drive, take off all the data and backup it up!
If things go wrong....
+1

Backup is always important. Especially so before making some major adjustments or changes like encrypting a whole drive.

Kari
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