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BitLocker To Go

BitLocker To Go enables users to encrypt removable drives using a password or a smart card. When a BitLocker To Go-protected drive is connected, Windows 7 prompts the user to enter the password. When the correct password is entered, the contents of the drive are available from Windows Explorer, and accessing the drive is completely transparent to the user.

When a BitLocker To Go-protected drive is connected to an earlier version of Windows, the user can run the BitLocker To Go Reader application. If the user chooses to run the tool, it prompts the user for a password. The BitLocker To Go Reader application can only be used with drives formatted in the FAT file system and those drives that have been configured to be unlocked with a password.

BitLocker To Go Reader. Users can drag files from the BitLocker To Go Reader to any Windows Explorer window, where they can access the files normally. Note that versions of Windows prior to Windows 7 cannot transparently access a BitLocker To Go- protected drive; instead, they must used the BitLocker To Go Reader.

You can use Group Policy settings to configure BitLocker To Go. Within the Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\BitLocker Drive Encryption\Removable Data Drives node, you can define the following policies:

  • Control Use Of Bitlocker On Removable Drives Allows you to prevent users from using BitLocker To Go and block users from suspending encryption or decrypting Bit- Locker To Go-protected drives.
  • Configure Use Of Smart Cards On Removable Data Drives Allows you to require the use of a smart card to protect a drive with BitLocker To Go or prevent users from using smart cards.
  • Deny Write Access To Removable Drives Not Protected By BitLocker Enables you to require BitLocker To Go before allowing users to save files to a removable drive.
  • Allow Access To Bitlocker-Protected Removable Data Drives From Earlier Versions Of Windows Controls whether the BitLocker To Go Reader is installed on BitLocker To Go-protected drives.
  • Configure Use Of Passwords For Removable Data Drives Enables you to require passwords for BitLocker To Go-protected drives and to enforce password complexity requirements.
  • Choose How Bitlocker-Protected Removable Drives Can Be Recovered Allows recovery agents and determines whether recovery agents, 48-digit recovery passwords, or 256-bit recovery keys can be used to recover a BitLocker-protected drive. You can also use this policy setting to save BitLocker To Go recovery information to Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS).
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In this tutorial:

  1. Managing Disks and File Systems
  2. Overview of Partitioning Disks
  3. How to Choose Between MBR or GPT
  4. Converting from MBR to GPT Disks
  5. GPT Partitions
  6. Choosing Basic or Dynamic Disks
  7. Working with Volumes
  8. How to Create a Simple Volume
  9. How to Create a Spanned Volume
  10. How to Create a Striped Volume
  11. How to Resize a Volume
  12. How to Delete a Volume
  13. How to Create and Use a Virtual Hard Disk
  14. File System Fragmentation
  15. Backup And Restore
  16. How File Backups Work
  17. File and Folder Backup Structure
  18. How System Image Backups Work
  19. How to Start a System Image Backup from the Command Line
  20. How to Restore a System Image Backup
  21. System Image Backup Structure
  22. Best Practices for Computer Backups
  23. How to Manage Backup Using Group Policy Settings
  24. Previous Versions and Shadow Copies
  25. How to Manage Shadow Copies
  26. How to Restore a File with Previous Versions
  27. How to Configure Previous Versions with Group Policy Settings
  28. Windows ReadyBoost
  29. BitLocker Drive Encryption
  30. How BitLocker Encrypts Data
  31. How BitLocker Protects Data
  32. TPM with External Key (Require Startup USB Key At Every Startup)
  33. TPM with PIN (Require PIN At Every Startup)
  34. TPM with PIN and External Key
  35. BitLocker To Go
  36. BitLocker Phases
  37. Requirements for Protecting the System Volume with BitLocker
  38. How to Enable the Use of BitLocker on the System Volume on Computers Without TPM
  39. How to Enable BitLocker Encryption on System Volumes
  40. How to Enable BitLocker Encryption on Data Volumes
  41. How to Manage BitLocker Keys on a Local Computer
  42. How to Manage BitLocker from the Command Line
  43. How to Recover Data Protected by BitLocker
  44. How to Disable or Remove BitLocker Drive Encryption
  45. How to Decommission a BitLocker Drive Permanently
  46. How to Prepare AD DS for BitLocker
  47. How to Configure a Data Recovery Agent
  48. How to Manage BitLocker with Group Policy
  49. The Costs of BitLocker
  50. Windows 7 Encrypting File System
  51. How to Export Personal Certificates
  52. How to Import Personal Certificates
  53. How to Grant Users Access to an Encrypted File
  54. Symbolic Links
  55. How to Create Symbolic Links
  56. How to Create Relative or Absolute Symbolic Links
  57. How to Create Symbolic Links to Shared Folders
  58. How to Use Hard Links
  59. Disk Quotas
  60. How to Configure Disk Quotas on a Single Computer
  61. How to Configure Disk Quotas from a Command Prompt
  62. How to Configure Disk Quotas by Using Group Policy Settings
  63. Disk Tools
  64. EFSDump
  65. SDelete
  66. Streams
  67. Sync
  68. MoveFile and PendMoves