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I didn't know where exactly to post this one! The title says it all! I want to make sure no other person can access my eexternal usb drive.
I am just looking for some reliable software which will not eventually lock myself out!
 

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You could use a zip style app that offers password protection on the zip container.
 

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Thanks a lot for your reply. Actually I have a 5TB external usb drive and it's full! What I am afraid with bitlocker is that it may take a very long time!
To be honest I am not trying to hide and protect sensitive data from hackers! I just want to block access from kids and family members to the drive. So if a faster easy method is available it would be as good (Better)!
 

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Thanks a lot for your reply. Actually I have a 5TB external usb drive and it's full! What I am afraid with bitlocker is that it may take a very long time!
To be honest I am not trying to hide and protect sensitive data from hackers! I just want to block access from kids and family members to the drive. So if a faster easy method is available it would be as good (Better)!
 

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Actually I have a 5TB external usb drive and it's full! What I am afraid with bitlocker is that it may take a very long time!
I like the idea that was presented regarding the use of a group policy, but I just thought that I would address this concern.

If your concern about the amount of time that it will take to encrypt the drive is that you are thinking that the system must remain on until the encryption is completed, please be aware that this is not the case. You can perfectly safely perform a normal shutdown or reboot and the drive encryption will resume at the next startup. The only thing that you want to avoid is simply unplugging the device while encryption is in progress.

For example, with the default policies, an external drive can be unplugged without needing to use the option to safely remove a device. If BitLocker drive encryption is in progress, you would want to pause the encryption first. But a normal shutdown or restart will do that for you.
 

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I like the idea that was presented regarding the use of a group policy, but I just thought that I would address this concern.

If your concern about the amount of time that it will take to encrypt the drive is that you are thinking that the system must remain on until the encryption is completed, please be aware that this is not the case. You can perfectly safely perform a normal shutdown or reboot and the drive encryption will resume at the next startup. The only thing that you want to avoid is simply unplugging the device while encryption is in progress.

For example, with the default policies, an external drive can be unplugged without needing to use the option to safely remove a device. If BitLocker drive encryption is in progress, you would want to pause the encryption first. But a normal shutdown or restart will do that for you.
This is very interesting and a good news for me! So just to make sure I correctly understand what you say and don;t do anything stupid:
I can start the encryption of my drive now and then pause it before going to bed tonight, then remove the usb drive from PC, shutdown PC and reconnect the drive 2 days later and without any action on my side the encryption will resume!?

Also another question I have: is it possible while the drive is connected and encrypting to copy some files to and from that drive?
 

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The answer to both of your questions is "yes".

1) You can safely shutdown or restart the computer and encryption will resume at next power on.

2) While encryption is in progress you will still have full read / write access to the drive.
 

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Just tried this and I do need to make one correction:

After you restart the machine, the encryption will not resume automatically. When you plug that drive back in, you will need to unlock it. After unlocking, the status of the encryption will show as paused. You will then need to select "Resume" to continue the encryption.
 

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@hsehestedt
Thank you very much for the great support and help. :clap:
 

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    Win11 Pro 23H2
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    Home Built
    CPU
    Intel i7-11700K
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    ASUS Prime Z590-A
    Memory
    128GB Crucial Ballistix 3200MHz DRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    No GPU - CPU graphics only (for now)
    Sound Card
    Realtek (on motherboard)
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    HP Envy 32
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    2560 x 1440
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    1 x 1TB NVMe Gen 4 x 4 SSD
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    2 x 512GB 2.5" SSDs
    2 x 8TB HD
    PSU
    Corsair HX850i
    Case
    Corsair iCue 5000X RGB
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black cooler + 10 case fans
    Keyboard
    CODE backlit mechanical keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
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    Edge
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    Windows Defender
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    Additional options installed:
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    ASUS ThunderboltEX 4 PCIe adapter
  • Operating System
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    Lenovo ThinkBook 13x Gen 2
    CPU
    Intel i7-1255U
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek® ALC3306-CG codec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    13.3-inch IPS Display
    Screen Resolution
    WQXGA (2560 x 1600)
    Hard Drives
    2 TB 4 x 4 NVMe SSD
    PSU
    USB-C / Thunderbolt 4 Power / Charging
    Mouse
    Buttonless Glass Precision Touchpad
    Keyboard
    Backlit, spill resistant keyboard
    Internet Speed
    1Gb Up / 1Gb Down
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    Edge
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    Windows Defender
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    WiFi 6e / Bluetooth 5.1 / Facial Recognition / Fingerprint Sensor / ToF (Time of Flight) Human Presence Sensor
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