Initially, BitLocker was introduced in Windows Vista that would only encrypt the root operating system drive. With advancement in the technology, Windows Vista BitLocker functionality was extended for encrypting other drives or volumes also. In Windows 7, BitLocker has become BitLocker-To-Go, which has the ability to encrypt data on USB thumb drives and other removable storage devices.
Follow the given below steps for encrypting your flash drive using BitLocker-To-Go feature.
After the key has been saved as a file or printed, you will get a confirmation message.
So whenever you will plug in the USB drive next time to a Windows 7 machine you will be prompted to enter the password to gain access to the drive. For easy accessibility you can always have it unlocked on specific machines in the future. You can also use the encrypted drive in Vista and XP. Basically, BitLocker-To-Go Reader is a Windows Explorer type navigation utility for showing the content of the drive.
In Windows XP and Vista, with a BitLocker encrypted drive you will only be able to read and copy files. If you need to add files or change them you will need to use a Windows 7 machine. This is a great way to easily make sure sensitive data on your USB flash drive is safe. So all Windows 7 users, start utilizing this innovative BitLocker-To-Go feature.