How To Password Protect Your Pen Drive

Do you carry sensitive data in your pen drive? Then you should carefully keep your pen drive. Oh! You mean you are not that careful too. Then I would suggest that you should password protect your pen drive. Yes folks, you can do this by a simple method. This is an added advantage to Windows Vista and Windows 7 users that they can easily password protect their pen drives with the help of BitLocker Drive Encryption. Its an inbuilt feature of both of these operating systems.

Today we will try to understand that how we can password protect our pen drive. But before going to the process we must consider the advantages which you get by doing this.

  • First of all your data remains safe. Nobody other than you can decrypt or unlock the pen drive.
  • Secondly, if any how your pen drive is lost or gets stolen then also no one can use it without unlocking it with the help of correct password.

Process To Password Protect Pen Drive

  • Insert your pen drive which you want to password protect.
  • Click start and open Control Panel.

(Quick Tip : To skip the next three steps  type BitLocker in the search box and hit enter.)

  • Go to System and Security > BitLocker Drive Encryption.

  • Find your pen drive listed amongst all the drives.
  • Turn on Bitlocker for your pen drive. System will few seconds to turn this feature on.

  • A window will open in front of you asking your desired password which you want to keep for your pen drive. Click next when you done with setting up the password.

  • Store your recovery key at your desired place. Click next to continue. Recovery key can be used if in case you forget your set password.

  • System will ask you to start encryption for your pen drive. Encryption will take some time.

  • Once the encryption is over you will see a lock symbol on your pen drive icon.

  • Remove the pen drive and re-insert it. System will ask you to enter the password to access the data.

So this is how you can password protect your pen drive. Encrypting data with the help of BitLocker Drive encryption is really simple. Just follow this process and get rid of your tension of losing your data.

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Rockin Satyesh is founder and editor-in-chief of iTechMag. He prides himself in testing web & mobile apps. Satyesh is into web research and strategy development from past 5 years. He can be found on Facebook, Google and microblogs on Twitter as @rockinfuture

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Tauseef Ahmed May 28, 2010 at 7:59 pm

good work…………………..

shreesh June 6, 2010 at 9:15 am

this is really awesome…!!!!! i saw this feature but didn’t knew it can be used for password protection of a flashdrive….. thanxs pal n keep up d great work..

KINGSAI November 3, 2010 at 12:39 pm

thanku’ it has well worked

pavan January 18, 2011 at 12:36 pm

hi
thank u very much
i am using wista home basic i didn’t find this feature in my system
i am really interested for this plz help me to find out this

Anand February 6, 2011 at 7:05 am

Hi everyone this application is good, holds our datas privacy. thanks toapplicatn

ishaan garg June 25, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Great article, however, bitlocker is not included in Win XP and some versions of Vista. Any alternatives for that??

Rockin June 26, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Yes there is an alternative. There is a software which we are testing and soon you will get updates on Tech Mag regarding that.

Rahul Chhabra July 21, 2011 at 7:45 am

gr8 wrk dude ..! i had seen dat feature in windows 7 but i didnt knoe dat it cud b used for flash drive encryption ..! :)
thnxx .. a tonne ..! :)

vinoth December 31, 2011 at 4:11 pm

this is very useful.thankssssss.

Rajan February 10, 2012 at 6:02 pm

It worked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Shaibu Vakkayil May 15, 2012 at 7:42 am

I’m using Windows Vista Business operating system. The Bitlocker tool is not available in it. Could u send me a link from where i can download the tool?
Thanks!

Rockin May 19, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Hi Shaibu, There is one more software which can solve your purpose i.e. Truecrypt. We will be giving a detailed tutorial on how to use truecrypt soon.

vilky August 10, 2012 at 1:11 am

Hey can you plz tell me about how to remove this password protection if i don’t need it.

Dipika Dey August 29, 2012 at 7:26 am

This is a very helpful information. Thanks a lot.

Rupesh September 2, 2012 at 9:05 am

Hi i am using windows 7 home premium , i didn’t find this feature in this os can you help me find alternative for protect pen drive..

Harsh shukla September 18, 2012 at 11:55 pm

hey i am using windows 7 home basic 64 bit license version but this feature is not showed in my security and settings . Plz help me with this

Rohit Bhararia October 24, 2012 at 4:42 am

very much usefull

YuVnItH November 8, 2012 at 5:54 am

great work !!!!!! thanks bro!!

Sandeep July 21, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Good Work, it helps me a lot.

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