Many of us know how to hide files by changing attributes of files and make them hidden from file explorer on Windows. This is, of course, a good method to keep your important files safe. But wouldn’t it be better if you can completely Lock Drive with Password in Windows 10? That would be awesome! Right?
When you Lock Drive with Password in Windows, it adds an extra layer of security. Windows do come with an in-built tool to password-protect your drive, it’s called Bitlocker. Bitlocker is a software that uses encryption to password-protect drives on Windows 10 OS. You won’t be able to use it if you are using the pirated version of Windows. Here are some of the ways that you can use to Lock Drive with Password in Windows 10.
Steps to Lock Drive with Password in Windows 10
Hidden Disk Software
Hidden Disk also uses encryption to password-protect drives on Windows.
What it does is, it creates a virtual disk that is password protected. So if you want to password-protect a drive then you will have to create a ‘Virtual’ protected disk drive from Hidden Disk.
Here is how you can do it:
Step 1: Download and install Hidden Disk on your PC
Step 2: After successful installation, open it from the desktop shortcut icon. You will see an option of “Create Disk” at the bottom right corner. Click on that button
Step 3: Once you click on the “Create Disk” button, you will get a warning message that warns you to not format or reinstall Windows otherwise all the data in the hidden disk will be lost. Just make a backup before doing so and you are good. Click on the “I will remember” button.
Step 4: Your hidden disk is now created as a separate drive on the file explorer. Add the files and folders that you want to safeguard.
Step 5: Once you are done adding the files and folders to the hidden disk, click on the “Disable Disk” button and your hidden disk will be removed from file explorer.
Step 6: Now whenever you want to open your hidden disk, just simply open the Hidden Disk application. Select the drive letter and click on the “Create Disk” button. That will open your hidden disk and you get access to it.
Step 7: You can also add a password to access your hidden disk. Just click on the link that says, “Create/update password” and fill up your password details and recovery email so that you can recover or create a new password in case your forget the old one. And click on the “Create Password” button.
You are all set. You have a hidden drive that is also password protected.
Bitlocker comes free with Windows OS and lets you encrypt the entire hard drive.
Note: This method is not applicable to Windows 10 Home Edition.
Here is how you can password-protect your drive using Bitlocker.
Step1: Select the drive you want the protect and right click. You will see “Turn on Bitlocker” option, click on that.
Step 2: You will see the Bitlocker window, select, “Use a password to unlock the drive” and then enter the password and confirm it. Once you setup the password. Click on Next.
Step 3: You will be given three options to get the recovery key. You can select anyone of the three and click Next.
Step 4: There will be options and you will be asked how much drive you want to encrypt. Select “Encrypt entire drive” and click Next.
Step 5: You will see a confirmation message. Click on “Start encrypting” at the bottom right.
You are all set and your complete drive is password-protected now.
These were two ways with which you can password-protect your drive and confidential data. However, these are not foolproof. Make sure you use a different and unique password so it becomes hard for someone to crack your password. But yes, these apps help a lot in adding extra security layers.