How to Encrypt USB Drive for FREE

How to Encrypt USB Drive for FREE?

This is quite old method and you may already know about this but just in case if you are not aware of this then it may help you a lot to Encrypt your USB drive and that is for FREE of cost. The tools comes with Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8 by default. You just need to activate the service. To activate the USB Encryption with Bitlocker please follow the bellow steps-
USB Encryption with Bitlocker
USB Encryption with Bitlocker

1. Turn ON the Computer

2. Insert the USB

3. Right click on the USB drive and select the “Turn on Bitlocker” option as bellow picture

Activating Bitlocker on USB
Activating Bitlocker on USB
4. Another window will pop up with 2 options like-

a. Use A Password To Unlock This Drive:

We will go through this option and we will show you how to enable this service to enable the encryption to protect the full USB contents.

b. Use My Smart Card To Unlock The Drive

If you have smart card then you can activate this option but please keep in mind that it may create problem for you if try to access your file and if there is no Smart Card reader. This option mostly used for industrial purposes where USB and the data is prohibited to bring out side or use out side of the industries or workplace.
Activating Bitlocker on USB
Activating Bitlocker Options on USB
5. We will go for the password option. Set the password and confirm it by putting the password again but please keep in mind  that the password should be at least 8 digits.
Save the Bitlocker log file to recover the password
Save the Bitlocker log file to recover the password
6. Now choose the option How Do You Want To Store Your Recovery Key page and print the password for your safety or save it on your computer in a safe place. In case if you forget your password then you can recover the password by using those data.
Now wait for completing the encryption process. Please be patient because this process can take a longer time depending on the size of your USB. Generally for 4GB USB drive it may take 5 to 6 minutes. That’s it you are done and your USB is now completely secure. To use the USB next time when you will plug the USB it will ask to put your password like bellow picture-
Open USB with password
Open USB with password

Pros: 

Its very much strong and its easy to use more importantly it comes with Windows as Free.

Cons:

It takes longer time for the first time and if forget the password its very difficult even if you have the saved file.