Windows 10: Encrypt External Drive Problem

Discus and support Encrypt External Drive Problem in Windows 10 Network and Sharing to solve the problem; Recently I had to re-image my Windows 10. After the process, At first, I was unable to unlock my external drive which had been encrypted prior to my... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Network and Sharing' started by JamesMack6, Aug 6, 2020.

  1. Encrypt External Drive Problem


    Recently I had to re-image my Windows 10. After the process, At first, I was unable to unlock my external drive which had been encrypted prior to my computer re-imaging. I was able to unlock it, but now I cannot view the files located on the external drive. Do I need to decrypt the external drive, or is it likely that the files are now lost. Have my permissions changed because of the re-imaging? Just looking for answers. Thanks!

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    JamesMack6, Aug 6, 2020
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  2. external drive and encryption?

    This question is two-fold.

    First I would like an external enclosure that is rugged and shock resistant (static electricity and the like, being winter and all) for a 3.5inch SATA drive.
    Barring that, an external drive with the above. What would you guys recommend?

    Also, I was wondering, is there a tool to encrypt the entire hard drive, but that does NOT ask to format said encrypted disk? I tried TrueCrypt, and last time I did, it asked me to format the drive because it was not recognized. I know there are alternatives, but I forgot their names. Price is of no concern if it is able to do so. any suggestions? Does Windows not show "drive must be formatted" on TrueCrypt drives anymore?

    Best way would be if I plug in the drive, it asks for password automatically or something...
     
    speedy11131, Aug 6, 2020
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  3. Marc Cai Win User
    Encrypted External Drive that cannot be opened.

    Hi Sana,

    It is a good idea to use Bitlocker to protect hard drives. Please provide the following needed information:

    1. How do you try to access the drive?

    2. Do you get any pop-up message when trying to access the drive?

    3. Is this an external hard drive?

    You can turn off Bitlocker Drive Encryption by following these steps:


    • Login as Administrator to your PC.

    • Click Start, click Control Panel, click
      Security
      , and then click BitLocker Drive Encryption.

    • From the BitLocker Drive Encryption page, find the volume on which you want BitLocker Drive Encryption turned off, and click
      Turn Off BitLocker Drive Encryption.

    • From the What level of decryption do you want dialog box, click either
      Disable BitLocker Drive Encryption or Decrypt the volume as needed.

    Regards.
     
    Marc Cai, Aug 6, 2020
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  4. Encrypt External Drive Problem

    File back up to bitlockered external drive

    Thanks John.

    By trial and error the solution is,

    • Set the file back up to the desired external USB drive, Back up using file history.
    • Run backup to completion.
    • Dismount, (Remove) the drive used.
    • Remount (Plug in) the drive used for the file back up (Steps 1&2) and encrypt using Bitlocker.
    Note you can only encrypt drives using some versions of Windows (Pro for eg not Home)

    • Once the external drive has been encrypted dismount.
    • Remount the drive, go to the file back up option, Open, Settings, Backup,
      Back up using file history
      .
    • The drive should now still be visible and has been encrypted.
    • Accessing the drive will be dependant on how it was set up in Bitlocker,
      Open with this PC, password, pin code
      etc.
    • Repeat file back up as in the first two steps.

    Hope this helps someone else.
     
    Martin Holme, Aug 6, 2020
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