I want to protect data in a folder. With BitLocker, you can password protect your Windows folders. Here is a simple step-by-step guide on how to do this.
There are several ways to password protect folders in Windows. Some methods use built-in tools and features, while others require a third-party application such as VeraCrypt.
For example, if you do not need to use a third-party application, you can use the built-in NTFS file system functionality to lock folders with user account passwords. This way, the folder will be unlocked automatically when you log in to your user account.
Alternatively, you can use BitLocker to protect Windows password folders. As you may know if you have used BitLocker before, it can only encrypt and password protect drives/partitions. However, with one simple method, you can password protect folders with BitLocker. If you are a “good” user, you can simply create a virtual hard disk and turn on BitLocker.
Password Protect Folders in Windows
How to encrypt folders in Windows using BitLocker with a simpleThis section describes how to encrypt a folder in Windows using BitLocker. Since these are normal files, you can think of them as folders and store each file in them. Even better, the VHD allows portability while providing the protection you need with strong encryption and password protection.
- Create a virtual hard disk/drive.
- Mount the virtual disk (double click on the VHD file).
- Open the configuration application by “Start + I” and click on “System” in the sidebar.
- Select “Storage.”
- Expand “Advanced Storage Settings.”
- Click “Disks and Volumes.”
- Locate and click on the virtual disk.
- Click the “Properties” button.
- Scroll down and click the “Enable BitLocker” link.
- Click the “Enable BitLocker” link in the Control Panel.
- Enter the password twice and click Next.
- Save the recovery key to your Microsoft account, save it to a file, or print it.
- Select “Encrypt only used disk space”.
- Click the “Next” button.
- Select “New encryption mode” and click “Next”.
- Click the “Start encryption” button.
- The folder/VHD will be encrypted immediately.
- That is all. The folder will now be password protected.
- After using the VHD, delete it from the file explorer.
- When you want to use it, double-click the “VHD” file to open it.
- When prompted, enter the BitLocker password.
First, create a virtual hard disk. We have already written a detailed guide on how to do this. Please follow this guide and proceed as follows.
Once you have created the virtual hard disk, mount it. As soon as you do this, it will appear in File Explorer as a new drive/partition.
Next, open the Settings app and go to the “System > Storage” page. Here, expand the “Advanced Storage Settings” tab and click on the “Disks and Volumes” option.
Find and expand the “Virtual Hard Drive” option.
Scroll down and click on the “Enable BitLocker” link.
This will bring up the BitLocker Settings page in the Control Panel. Expand the virtual hard disk and click the “Enable BitLocker” link.
This will immediately launch the BitLocker wizard. Enter your password twice and click the “Next” button.
You will be prompted to save the recovery key. We recommend that you save it to your Microsoft account. Alternatively, you can save it to a file or print it.
Once you save the recovery key to your Microsoft account, you should see the message “Recovery key saved.
Select the “Encrypt only used disk space” option and press the “Next” button.
Select the “New encryption mode” option and press the “Next” button.”Press the “Start Encryption” button.
When encryption is complete, you will see the message “Drive encryption is complete.
You can then start saving files to the virtual hard disk. After use, click “Eject” at the top.
When you want to use it again, double-click the “VHD” file to mount it.
After mounting, double-click the VHD drive in File Explorer. BitLocker will prompt you for a password. Enter the password to access the folder.
That’s it. Password protecting a folder in Windows is very easy.
We hope this brief guide to working with Windows is helpful.
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