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Windows 7: Encrypting a bootable USB Flash drive with Win7 installation?

29 Nov 2015   #1
win7freak000

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 
Encrypting a bootable USB Flash drive with Win7 installation?

Hi,

I have a USB Flash drive with Win7 installation setup/boot files on there in order for me to install Win7 from this bootable USB stick and plus all of my personal Data files are on there as well.
My question is, what would happen if I decide to encrypt this bootable USB stick with BitLocker?
Will the USB still boot the Win7 installation files in order for it to install Win7 if I ever decide to re-install Windows?

Or, will it cause issues during the setup phase?


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29 Nov 2015   #2
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

If it's encrypted it will not boot.
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30 Nov 2015   #3
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Why would you want to encrypt it

USB sticks are a dime a dozen.
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30 Nov 2015   #4
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

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Will the USB still boot the Win7 installation files in order for it to install Win7 if I ever decide to re-install Windows?

Or, will it cause issues during the setup phase?
It would not work at all. I would say that is a pretty serious issue.

Flash drives are the least reliable of modern storage media and are unsuitable for use as a backup media or primary storage of important files. If the loss of a flash drive would be anything more than a nuisance then you are not using it inappropriately.
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