How to Lock Hard Disk Volume without using any Third Party Application {Bitlocker Drive Encryption}

Are you seeking for some software to lock the drive to hide files? Now it won’t be necessary to use any software to lock a drive. It can be done without using any third-party software. Yes, Windows already provides a feature to lock a drive for the safety of our data wiz ‘Bitlocker’.You can lock your important files in it without buying expensive software.

It can be done in two ways:

  1. Control Panel
  2. File Explorer

1. By using Control Panel

Step 1: – First of all, go to Control Panel and open All Control Panel Items and from here click on the BitLocker Drive Encryption option from it.

all control panel items

Step 2: – After that, select the drive which you want to lock and then click on Turn on BitLocker option from it.

Step 3: – Now a new pop up window (BitLocker Drive Encryption) will open. This window shows two options to choose how you want to unlock this drive.

  • Use a Password to unlock the drive
  • Use my smart card to unlock the drive

If you choose a password option here then enter your Password and confirm it by re-entering your password. And if you choose the smart card option here, then you will need to insert your smart card in your Windows PC.

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Actually, I will suggest selecting the Use a password to unlock this drive option from the checkbox and Insert the password (password should contain letters with upper and lower case alphabets with numeric and special characters). Because other options take more time in the processing of unlocking the drive. After choosing the options click on the Next option.

lock hard disk volume

Step 4: – Now select the recovery option from here and then click on Next. These recovery options help you to reset the password of your drive if you forget the password of the drive.

recovery key for bitlocker drive encryption

Step 5: – Then in the next window choose encryption type and then encrypt it (According to me choose the first encryption because the other one takes too much time to open the drive). After completing all the processes restart your computer. And after restart the computer when you will go to that drive, it will ask the key to open the drive.

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2. By using File Explorer

Step 1: – Firstly, open the File Explorer and select the drive which you want to lock. Now, right-click on the drive and then click on Turn on Bitlocker.

turn on bitlocker

Step 2: – Now it will open the BitLocker Drive Encryption window on your PC. After this follow the same steps which are processed in the control panel method.

bitlocker drive encryption


At the last now your PC’s hard disk volume is encrypted successfully. And nobody can open this hard disk volume without your permission. So now you can save your most important things here and secure them from other users. If you have any queries or suggestions regarding the BitLocker drive encryption tool, then take your time to post it in the comment box. And we will be here to take a look at feedback.

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