Security is foremost priority for every user and when it comes to some personal data, it becomes more important. So, if we talk about various external hard drive disk where people store lots of personal data which is not at all secured because anyone can carry your portable hard disk drive and it can be used for some illegal activities. However, if you Password Protect External Hard Disk Drive, then all you need is a password to unlock it on any computer which makes it a lot more secured.
External hard drives like USB flash drive, pen drive, memory card, etc. provides immense storage capacity. People especially use them for any business activities with large or time-sensitive files; they can also be taken from home to work and vice versa without needing the desired computer with you. They’re also helpful for transferring large amounts of data between multiple computers because USB transfers are generally faster than using the Internet. So, if your external hard drive stores important data, you should immediately encrypt and password protect it. The following guide will help you to password protect external hard drives, be it on Mac or Windows:
Secure Your External Hard Drive Using Bit Locker Drive Encryption-
Step 1: Firstly, you have to connect your external hard drive to your Windows PC and turn it on. After that, click on Start button and then navigate to Control Panel > BitLocker Drive Encryption.
Step 2: BitLocker will be “Off” by default. So, you will need to Turn On BitLocker for the drive which you want to encrypt. (Note: Here, I’ll encrypt Drive: E which is USB drive in my case)
Step 3: Once you select the drive, tick on “Use a Password to Unlock the Drive” option and enter the same password in both the required fields and then click “Next“.
Step 4: Wait for a while to save it. Now, you have to save your key somewhere and for that click on “Save the Recovery Key to a File”. Select any location where you want to save your key for future reference and then proceed by clicking on next button. (NOTE: You can even save your key to your Microsoft account).
Step 5: Finally, click on Start Encryption option and wait for the process to complete. Your hard disk drive is now be encrypted and password protected.
Password Protect External Hard Disk Drive in Mac Using Finder-
Step 1: At first, open the Finder window in your Mac and locate your External hard disk from the side pane.
Step 2: Next, right-click (control + click) on the drive icon and select “Encrypt (drive name)” from the drop-down menu.
Step 3: A dialogue box will appear asking you to create a strong password and a hint. Enter the password and write down a hint. (NOTE: If you think you can remember the password without the hint, write anything hint creation is mandatory, if only for throwing people off.)
Step 4: Finally, your hard disk drive will now be encrypted in the background. Depending on the size of your drive, it might take some time.
That’s it! This is how you are going to Password Protect External Hard Disk Drive on Mac and Windows. In case of any queries or doubts, don’t forget to comment down below.