How To Protect External Hard Disk Drives With Password

Security is always the first priority for every user and when it’s about some personal data then it becomes more important. If we  talk about external hard drive disk where you store lots of personal data is not at all secure, because anyone can carry your portable drive and can do some illegal act. However, it can be password protected, you can set your desired password to unlock the external drive on any computer. So have a look on complete guide discussed below to protect your external drive with a security password.

We have mentioned two methods below, one is based on system settings that will allow you to lock your drive with password without any need of third party tool. Whereas, the other one requires a third party tool to password-protect your drives. Just follow up some simple steps below to proceed.

Steps1: To Secure Your External Hard Drive With BitLocker:


Step 1. First of all, connect your external hard drive to your Windows PC and turn it on. Now click on Start button and then navigate to Control Panel -> BitLocker Drive Encryption.

How To Protect External Hard Disk Drives With Password

Step 2. By default BitLocker will be “Off” you need to Turn On BitLocker for the drive that you want to encrypt.

How To Protect External Hard Disk Drives With Password

Step 3. Now there tick on “Use a Password to Unlock the Drive” option there and enter the same password in both fields and then click “Next“.

How To Protect External Hard Disk Drives With Password

Step 4. Now time to save your key somewhere for that click on “Save the Recovery Key to a File,” and then select any location where you want to save your key for future reference  and then proceed by clicking on next butfinished

How To Protect External Hard Disk Drives With Password

Step 5. Now click on Start Encryption option and wait for the process to complete and it can take a time to complete depending upon drive size. Once finished

How To Protect External Hard Disk Drives With Password

That’s it! you are done, now you drive will always a require a password to access files inside it.



Steps2: To Password Protect Your External Drive With StorageCrypt


Step 1. First of all in your windows PC download and install the tool StorageCrypt. Now launch the tool and then connect your drive with PC.
Step 2. Now in the tool, select your device to encrypt with password. Now select quick mode and then protect your drive with your desired password and then click on  “encrypt”
How To Protect External Hard Disk Drives With Password

That’s it! you are done, now your drive will always a require a password to access files inside it.

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