One of the most secure ways to protect your sensitive data that's stored on your hard disk from unauthorized access, Is to password-protect the disk with encryption. This can easily be done using the Windows native utility named BitLocker Drive Encryption. It's very Important to lock a fixed or removable drive when not In use, hence In this tutorial, I will show you how to add 'Lock Drive' to the right-click context menu of a BitLocker encrypted drive.
Before I begin, this Is on the grounds that you've already added BitLocker Drive Encryption to a particular drive on your computer, Inclusive of any removable drives such as a USB Stick. If you haven't, now Is the best time to do so. Do note however, that BitLocker Is only available In Windows 10 Pro, Education and Enterprise editions.
If you've been using BitLocker for quite a while, I'm sure you've noticed that unless you reboot your system (for fixed data drives), there's no built-In option to lock It there and then. The same applies to removable devices- you need to eject & remount It for the drive to lock. This Is certainly not very convenient.
As such, I will demonstrate how to add the Lock Drive option to the right-click of the mouse, thus you can lock & unlock It within the Windows environment. To do this, I will use a Registry file and also a VBS file/script. I have provided the download links to the files, at the end of this article. So without further ado, let's get this tutorial started.
Step One:Once you've downloaded the file, extract It's contents to a folder of your choice, and locate the file named lock-bde.vbs as shown below.
Step Two:Next, copy & paste the lock-bde.vbs file to the System32 directory. An Access Denied message will be returned, so simply hit Continue and then double-click the VBS file.
Step Three:There's also a file named Add Lock Drive.reg, which (as It's name Implies) will add the Lock Drive option to the right-click menu. Double-click It, and It will ask whether to add the entries to the Windows Registry, so simply hit Yes.
Step Four:A message will be returned, confirming that the entries have been successfully added to the Registry, so click OK to finalize the process.
Step Five:Upon right-clicking my BitLocker encrypted drive, as you can see, the Lock Drive option has been added. Let's make sure It's functional by clicking on It.
Step Six:As expected, my fixed data drive (Internal hard drive) has been successfully locked. Perfect!
Step Seven:What If you want to unlock It? Simply right-click It and select that very option, namely Unlock Drive as shown below.
Step Eight:As with myself, If you've set a BitLocker password, enter It and hit Unlock to access your drive.
Last Step:In the event you've changed your mind and wish to remove the Lock Drive from the right-click context menu, execute the Remove Lock Drive.reg file, and hit Yes.
Final Thoughts:If your Windows 10 edition supports the Implementation of BitLocker Drive Encryption, I strongly recommend you apply It to those disks that contain sensitive data or otherwise. The Lock Drive tweak In this article, will then allow you to securely lock your disks there and then- without the need to reboot your PC.
You can download the aforementioned files, using any of the links below.
Direct Link Mega:
Direct Link 4Shared:
Direct Link Mediafire:
Direct Link Solidfiles:
Direct Link Sabercathost: