Password Protect External Hard Drive On Windows 10

How To Password Protect External Hard Drive Windows 10

An external hard drive lets you store your photos, documents, personal files and gives you more storage space to keep your data. In that case, you need to secure your external hard drive with a password. When you store data on an external hard drive, you can only access it when the hard drive is plugged into your computer. Follow the below instructions to set password protect for external hard drive on windows 10 computer.


  • Make sure to connect the external hard drive to your computer.
  • Go to File Explorer on your Windows 10 PC and right-click on the external hard drive.
  • Select the Turn on BitLocker option from the drop-down list.
  • Password Protect External Hard Drive Windows 10
  • Ensure not to remove the hard drive from your PC while Windows starts the BitLocker encryption window.
  • Here, select the “Use a password to unlock the drive” checkbox.
  • Next, enter your password and re-enter it into the respective field.
  • How To Encrypt External Hard Drive Windows 10
  • Click the Next button.
  • Windows will automatically generate a recovery key that helps you unlock your secured hard drive if you ever forget the password.
  • Now, select how you want to back up your recovery key.
  • For instance, if you have selected the “Save to a file” option, choose a location to save the recovery key and click the Save button.
  • Next, click the Yes button.
  • You will see the “Your recovery key has been saved” message at the top of the screen.
  • Click Next to proceed.
  • Here, choose the way you want to encrypt your hard drive and click the Next button.
  • Select the encryption mode you want to use from the list and click on the Next button.
  • To encrypt your external hard drive, click the Start encrypting button.
  • Start Encrypting
  • Wait for some time to complete the encryption process.
  • At last, click the Close button when you see the “Encryption complete” message in the window. Password protect for external drive on windows 10 is completed
  • Next, eject your hard drive from the computer.
  • Reconnect the external hard drive to your device to access it.
  • The BitLocker window will appear on the screen.
  • Enter your hard drive’s password into the respective field and click the Unlock button.

Now, you can protect your external hard drive using a password on Windows 10 by following the above instructions. In case you have questions and need clarifications, use the call option on this page to contact our technical experts. Also more information for user, we have given about Seagate external drive & WD Hard Drive.

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