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  • Question

  • Hi,

    Given a notebook running Vista Ultimate (but one that was upgraded from a version without Bitlocker - so not clean installed), does the following make sense as a way to get Bitlocker setup, without having to reinstall OS, Apps and data:

    1) Remove current HD; use an encloser to convert it to an external USB device.
    2) Install a new HD (bigger and better, while at it).
    3) Do an install of Vista Ultimate on the new drive (to the point where the required partitions are setup, and Bitlocker can be set up)
    4) Copy the contents of the old drive on to the new drive.
    5) Result: Notebook running Bitlocker on a nice big HD, with the old HD used as a portable.

    As you can see, there are holes in this proposition; and I'm hoping someone with a lot more expertese can tell me if taking this road will get me where I want to go, and provide the detailed directions to get there in one piece.

    Bitlocker is nice, but it looks like you have to start on a clean drive - something not practical in many instances.

    Thanks,
    BRN..
    Sunday, February 3, 2008 10:50 AM

Answers

  • Hi,


    I'd like to help you with sharing my experience in this TechNet Forum. However, it is not an official support. Please use it on your own decision.


    If you need more help, the following page will show you how to contact a support professional by E-mail or phone.

     

    Windows Vista Help and Support
    https://support.microsoft.com/oas/default.aspx?gprid=11732


    If you have already installed Windows Vista on a single partition, you can use the BitLocker Drive Preparation Tool to configure the volumes required for BitLocker. For more information, see:


    Description of the BitLocker Drive Preparation Tool
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/930063.

     

    Hope it helps.
     

                                                    
    Sincerely,

    Yog Li

    Microsoft Online Community Support

    Thursday, February 7, 2008 7:32 AM

All replies

  • Hi,

     

    I think your plan is doable. But you should also install new OS and new programs on the new disk. And for the detailed steps to setup Bitlocker, please refer to this article:


    Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption Step-by-Step Guide
    http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsVista/en/library/c61f2a12-8ae6-4957-b031-97b4d762cf311033.mspx?mfr=true


    Hope it helps.

     

                                                    
    Sincerely,

    Yog Li

    Microsoft Online Community Support

    Tuesday, February 5, 2008 3:37 AM
  • Hi,

    Thanks for the reply.  I was hoping to have a more definitive answer, before trying this; so I'll leave this post left as unaswered for now.

    About your suggestion, not knowing the mechanics of the process, I can see where it might be required to load the OS on the new disk - but why the programs?  Isn't the point that these and data files will be accessed once they are copied from the old disk (which would by then be an external drive)?

    I'm also wondering about how SP1 for Vista might fit into this - and importantly, should the SP be installed before any other steps?

    I haven't purchased the new drive yet, and would like to be better informed about the viablity of this plan before doing so.

    Wish MS had found, tested and published a path to install Bitlocker on existing drives!  Thanks none the less for the response.

    BRN..
    Wednesday, February 6, 2008 10:26 AM
  • Hi,


    I'd like to help you with sharing my experience in this TechNet Forum. However, it is not an official support. Please use it on your own decision.


    If you need more help, the following page will show you how to contact a support professional by E-mail or phone.

     

    Windows Vista Help and Support
    https://support.microsoft.com/oas/default.aspx?gprid=11732


    If you have already installed Windows Vista on a single partition, you can use the BitLocker Drive Preparation Tool to configure the volumes required for BitLocker. For more information, see:


    Description of the BitLocker Drive Preparation Tool
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/930063.

     

    Hope it helps.
     

                                                    
    Sincerely,

    Yog Li

    Microsoft Online Community Support

    Thursday, February 7, 2008 7:32 AM