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Using Bitlocker and Symantec Encryption

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    Bristol
    Posts : 18
    8.1 Pro

    Using Bitlocker and Symantec Encryption


    Hi all

    bare with me on this, it may sound stupid and have a very simple answer.

    I've got a laptop which I currently have Symantec Desktop Encryption installed with C:/ encrypted.
    Personally not quite sure if the files it self on C:/ are encrypted or not (I'm able to access my laptop which has the drive encrypted, over the network from my desktop without any issues/error messages to say its encrypted etc)

    This is where the possible stupidity comes in. Symantec current has the drive encrypted (Enter password before booting to Windows), but I was wondering if the data it self is encrypted and if not, would it be possible to do this within Symantec (Cant seem to find a way) if not, would Bitlocker be a solution to encrypting the data or will this cause confliction?

    On the side as well, I know that Windows has an option to show folders/directories in a different color if they are encrypted, this option is enabled, but none of the directories are coloured, any idea how to get this to work?


    Thanks in advance
    Josh

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  2. #2


    Posts : 179
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 with Media Center


    If it said encrypted, it really is. For example, someone detached the hard drive from your system and then inserted that to another computer to read the contents. Symantec will notify a password entry and if there's no recovery key, you won't be able to access it. It works like BitLocker To Go. BitLocker Drive Encryption doesn't need a password prompt if the drive is connected to the original motherboard and there's no changes to BIOS settings or updates AFAIK.
    Last edited by theveterans; 07 Feb 2015 at 23:31.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 454
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by jkility View Post
    On the side as well, I know that Windows has an option to show folders/directories in a different color if they are encrypted, this option is enabled, but none of the directories are coloured, any idea how to get this to work?
    That's for Microsoft's Encrypting File System, which is unrelated to BitLocker.
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  4. #4


    Bristol
    Posts : 18
    8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by theveterans View Post
    If it said encrypted, it really is. For example, someone detached the hard drive from your system and then inserted that to another computer to read the contents. Symantec will notify a password entry and if there's no recovery key, you won't be able to access it. It works like BitLocker To Go. BitLocker Drive Encryption doesn't need a password prompt if the drive is connected to the original motherboard and there's no changes to BIOS settings or updates AFAIK.
    Great thanks very much, I've tried the encryption on my dekstop PC SSD and long story short I had to use partition magic ATA Secure Erase just to delete the encryption from the disk

    Quote Originally Posted by crawfish View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jkility View Post
    On the side as well, I know that Windows has an option to show folders/directories in a different color if they are encrypted, this option is enabled, but none of the directories are coloured, any idea how to get this to work?
    That's for Microsoft's Encrypting File System, which is unrelated to BitLocker.
    So how can one get Microsofts encrypting file system?
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