Tonight I went to a Windows 7 event and it got me pumped up to upgrade my Windows 7 Professional install to Windows 7 Ultimate. By doing the upgrade I am now able to play with Bitlocker and Bitlocker to go. Up until now I have been using the open source application TruCrypt for all my USB key encryption needs. I like the fact that it is “FREE” and can be run on virtually any version of windows, Linux and Mac OSX.
What I don’t like about TruCrypt is that it not nearly as slick as Bitlocker as you soon will see. For the test I am using a Sony VGN-FW140D laptop and it is now running Windows 7 Ultimate.
Plug-in USB Thumb drive.
Go to START – Computer – Right Click USB Thumb Drive.
Select “Turn on Bitlocker…”
A Wizard will start up
You will be asked to enter you Bitlocker password. Do not loose this password! Check
It will ask you to store your recovery key.
If you understand this click on the “Start Encrypting” button.
It will tell you when the encryption is complete. For a 4GB drive I found that it took around 30minutes or so to encrypt the drive. (What are you’re thought on the time it took to do this?)
Now that your drive is Bitlocked you will notice a few things. When you plug this drive in you will be asked for your Bitlocker password.
Once you type in your password your drive will work like it would without being encrypted! It’s fast and painless! I’ve already tried pluging this drive into a Windows 7 Professional system and the drive was able to work on it. There has been some people that say that you can only read from the device on non-bitlocker machines. That is not true. I am going to be testing this out on Vista and XP machines. If I can’t use the drive on these systems I will post an update.
You will also notice that there is a special icon for Bitlocker drives. I personally really like it. This is what icon looks like.