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Windows 7: Adding encryption/security to an external media HDD

10 Jun 2010   #1

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 
Adding encryption/security to an external media HDD

I would like to encrypt my external backup media HDD.

What are my options in order to do so on Windows 7?

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10 Jun 2010   #2

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JohnnyScience View Post
I would like to encrypt my external backup media HDD.

What are my options in order to do so on Windows 7?
Try reading this article first.

Windows 7 BitLocker Tool (BitLocker to Go) and BitLocker Password Recovery

See if you have this installed or the capability.
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10 Jun 2010   #3
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W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello JohnnyScience.



Seven Forums has an excellent tutorial on the subject of BitLocker, it can be viewed at the link below.

Windows 7 BitLocker To Go On or Off for Removable Drives
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10 Jun 2010   #4

windows 7 64 bit home premium
 
 

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10 Jun 2010   #5

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 

Which is better, True Crypt or Bitlocker?
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10 Jun 2010   #6

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JohnnyScience View Post
Which is better, True Crypt or Bitlocker?
Frankly for less fuss and muss, I like TrueCrypt.
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11 Jun 2010   #7

windows 7 64 bit home premium
 
 

Bitlocker is built into Wimdows 7, but only if you have the higher end (expensive) ultimate or business edition. Truecrypt is free opensource software. I havn't used Bitlocker as I only have Windows 7 home premium.
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11 Jun 2010   #8

Windows 7 - Vista
 
 

If external HDD formatted NTFS, you can set ownership/ file permissions.
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15 Jun 2010   #9

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fluffwitt View Post
Bitlocker is built into Wimdows 7, but only if you have the higher end (expensive) ultimate or business edition. Truecrypt is free opensource software. I havn't used Bitlocker as I only have Windows 7 home premium.
Ok I've got 7 64 Pro, so I have it then?

I might as well use the program I already have (if I have it)

And can I also use the same encryption on my scandisk flash drive?
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15 Jun 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

I'm gonna go with motc and say Truecrypt is worth the download.. much easier
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