How to Set a Password on Your Pen Drive


USB pen drives often store personal and confidential information for easy transfer between computers. With no security, your personal information is at risk if your pen drive is lost or stolen. Windows 7 features BitLocker drive protection, which encrypts and password-protects your internal or external hard drives, protecting them in the event of a security breach. The operating system requests the password every time you connect your BitLocker-protected pen drive to your computer. Adding BitLocker protection to your pen drive takes about 10 minutes.

  • Connect the USB pen drive to your computer and click the "Start" (Windows icon) button in the bottom-left of the screen.

  • Click "Control Panel." Windows 7's settings menu appears.

  • Click "System" then "Security." A list of Windows 7 security options appears.

  • Select "BitLocker Drive Encryption" above "Administrative Tools."

  • Click "Turn On BitLocker" beside your USB pen drive icon.

  • Select the "Use A Password to Unlock the Drive" check box and enter the password you want in the boxes below. Click "Next."

  • Choose whether you want to save or print the recovery key for your USB pen drive encryption. See "Tips" for more information.

  • Click "Start Encrypting." Windows 7 begins encoding the data on your hard drive and adding password protection. This process takes a while if you have a large amount of data.

  • Click "Close" when the encryption finishes. Windows asks for a password next time you insert your pen drive.

Tips & Warnings

  • A recovery key helps you regain access to your files if you forget your password. Either save it as a file on your computer or print it off and store the paper in a safe place.

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