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  • Question

  • Hi All,

    Suggestion needed.

    I am using windows 7 bitlocker and It's regarding to the Bitlocker encryption for USB and External sticks. I have been asked to suggest which brand USB sticks\External Drives are recommended for enabling the BitLocker Encryption.

    Please guide recommended brand for USB Sticks (HP, Scadisk, Kingston, Transcend, Sony) and External Drives (Seagate, HP, Sony, WD, Samsung,Transcend)

    Ravi Ch

    Sunday, September 20, 2015 7:23 AM

Answers

  • Hi,

    Based on my research, Any USB flash drive formatted with FAT, FAT32, or NTFS can be encrypted with BitLocker. The length of time it takes to encrypt a drive depends on the size of the drive, the processing power of the computer, and the level of activity on the computer.

    Also, you can learn more information about enabling bitLocker on USB flash drives in the link below.

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/ff404223.aspx

    Wish you have a nice day.

    Best Regards

    Simon  


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    Tuesday, September 22, 2015 7:42 AM

All replies

  • Hi,

    Based on my research, Any USB flash drive formatted with FAT, FAT32, or NTFS can be encrypted with BitLocker. The length of time it takes to encrypt a drive depends on the size of the drive, the processing power of the computer, and the level of activity on the computer.

    Also, you can learn more information about enabling bitLocker on USB flash drives in the link below.

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/ff404223.aspx

    Wish you have a nice day.

    Best Regards

    Simon  


    Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help, and unmark the answers if they provide no help. If you have feedback for TechNet Support, contact tnmff@microsoft.com.

    Tuesday, September 22, 2015 7:42 AM
  • Normally, one wouldn't even worry since it works everywhere, I agree.

    Maybe you'll want to upgrade to windows 10 enterprise and you find the thought pleasing to carry a whole bootable bitlocker-encrypted OS around on a stick or an external USB drive? Then your choices would be indeed limited, read about the supported models/brands here: https://blogs.windows.com/business/2013/02/01/announcing-windows-to-go-certified-drive-partners/ - I guess these still stand for win10, but I'd have to research that.


    Wednesday, September 23, 2015 10:44 PM