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Home / 08 Apr 2013 / Updated: 09 Oct 2013

VHDX virtual Drive Encryption: BitLocker is an encryption servicebuilt into the operating system Windows 8, with which we can protect the data on a drive, stored in so-called VHDX, namely virtual hard.

VHDX is a file format created on a hard disk partition with virtual dynamic growth. It is similar to a regular folder where the saved data continuously fill.

On VHDX, virtual disk stored: Data, photos, videos and files documents, are desirable to encrypt with BitLocker encryption service (BitLocker Drive Encryption) so that they are hidden from prying eyes.

Advantages of creation, using and encryption virtualdisk VHDX:

a.) - Advantages of creating VHDX:

  • 1) - Can be prepared during operation system Windows. No need to create a new partition.

  • 2) - Similar to using a single file, however is treated as a hard drive on Windows.

b.) - Advantages of using VHDX:

  • 1) - To protect data on VHDX, requires only disk image encryption.

  • 2) - The hard drive can still be used without encryption.

c.) - Advantages of VHDX encryption:

  • 1) - Disk with password protect (enough for personal use).

  • 2) - You can use a smart card. Is necessary a PIN code (safest method).

Finally, a recovery key is generated, you can save with a Microsoft account, or to a USB drive, or print, but if you don't have very important data, you can save on the hard disk on a different partition.

I did it so:

I don't have nothing to hide on my computer, but the spyware circulating on the Internet, does not know, therefore, encrypted, can't see my data. In plus, if we have create multiple user accounts on one computer, help keep personal files safe from prying eyes.

(Cannot encrypt disk or partition where your operating system is installed)

  • 1) - I clicked on the Computer icon on the Desktop

  • 2) - With the right button of the mouse I clicked on the drive that I want to be encrypted

  • 3) - From pop-up menu I selected BitLocker link.

  • 4) - In the new window, I checked Use a password to unlock the drive.

  • 5) - I gave a fairly good password, then clicked Next.

  • 6) - Here I selected Save to a USB flash drive option, to save the unlock key.

  • 7) - After having saved the key, I selected Encrypt used disk space only, and click on Next.

  • 8) - A warning window will appear. Click on Start Encrypting button. With this finished.

It took just a minute.

Encryption lasted an hour, but do only once, during computer use it does not slow down your computer. Just insert the USB drive containing the release key, and can work without problems as well.

The unit decryption is not necessary, only when use.

More Details

For VHDX virtual drive encryption with BitLockerWindows 8 proceed as follows:

- First, insert a flash memory stick, a USB port empty, because in our example here we save the password.

  • 1.) - Click on the Computer icon on Desktop, and in the window that contains disks, click the virtual disk with the right mouse button. Of mouse pop-up menu, select Turn on BitLocker.

Turn on BitLocker

  • 2) - In the new window, check Use a password to unlock the drive. Gave a fairly good password, then click on Next.

Use a password to unlock the drive

  • 3) - Here select Save to a USB flash drive option, to save the unlock key.

Save to a USB flash drive

  • 4) - A window displays the connected USB drive. Click Save.

displays the connected USB driv

  • 5) - After saving, click on Next.

click on Next

  • 6) - Select Encrypt used disk space only, and click on Next.

Encrypt used disk space only

  • 7) - A warning window will appear. Click on Start Encrypting button. With this finish.

Start Encrypting button

Using a USB flash drive, the BIOS must support USB devices before the system startup.

After scanning, remove, because the key information is not stored encrypted, so the attacker can gain easy access to all databases!

It looks like Windows 8 BitLocker secret key

  • 1) - When you open the USB flash drive, will see only BitLocker key.txt. The system this file open for decryption.

BitLocker key.txt

  • 2) - If a fatal error occurs, open the file and follow the instructions.

follow the instructions


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