[Tutorial] How To Encrypt a USB Flash Drive In Windows 8

If you fear that someone may access your sensitive that located on USB drive you can easily protect him within Windows 8 by using Bitlocker tools. This tool is available in Windows 8 Pro and it’s quite easy to use. In this tutorial I will show you how to encrypt your USB drive using Bitlocker and then safely read your data on any computer that is running under Windows XP and higher.

To get started follow steps below

Step 1: To get started make sure your USB drive is connected with your desktop computer or laptop

Step 2: Once Windows successfully recognize USB drive, from your desktop open Computer and select your USB drive

Step 3: From top navigation you should see green Drive Tools menu and below him a Manage option. Click on Manage and few options should appear

Step 4: Click BitLocker and from drop down menu chose Turn on BitLocker

Step 5: Wait for few second while BitLocker initialize and then select a check box in front of Use a Password to Unlock the Drive

Step 6: Type in your password twice and then click Next to continue

Step 7: Windows will now ask you to back up your recovery key. This key will allow you to easily access your USB drive even if you lost or forgot your password. Choose one of three available options

Step 8: Now you need to choose how much of your drive to encrypt.

  • If you choose to encrypt only used disk space it will be faster however any new data which you add to your USB will not be encrypted
  • If you chose to encrypt entire drive it will take longer to encrypt but its way more secure even if you add new data.

Step 9: Now click Start encrypting button located at bottom right and wait for few minutes until encryption is finished

Step 10: Once the encryption is finished you should see a lock on your USB drive and when you double-click on your drive to open it a small window will open asking you to enter a password which you previously setup. Once you successfully enter the correct password you can start using data from your USB drive

Step 11: If by any chance you decide to change or remove encryption from your USB drive go to Computer and right mouse click on your USB drive icon

Step 12: From context menu choose Change Bitlocker password

Step 13: When new window opens, you have many different options to choose.

You are done! One very useful feature implemented inside Windows 8 which can help us protect our data on USB drives much better. If you have any questions or you want to share your opinions about this leave it in comment section below.

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Boris Zegarac is Staff Writer at TheTechJournal. He is our Tutorial Expert. He is a web developer and web designer who is also interested in Computers and Smartphones. You can follow him at his Google + profile page

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