How to encrypt files in Storage Spaces with BitLocker

Storage Spaces encryption

Keeping your data secure is really important, Storage Spaces in Windows 8 already provides you with data resiliency with various methods of protection (e.g., mirror and parity) and disk space provisioning by allowing you to create a virtual storage larger than the actual physical capacity, using multiple drives and adding more as your data grow.

Now you are a protected from data corruption and accidental deletion, but how about file access protection? This also falls into the category of keeping your data secure. While there are many ways to protect information, if you look closer to home, you’ll notice that Windows 8 has a great feature that can help you. BitLocker is a full drive encryption feature included in Windows since Vista, and it can help you to encrypt files in Storage Spaces making sure that all your documents are safe from unauthorized access, theft, or hackers.

Once BitLocker is switched ON, any file you save, in this case, in a storage space will be encrypted automatically.

Instructions

1. Once you have created a storage space, open Control Panel and click on BitLocker Drive Encryption.

2. Any storage space available will be listed under Fixed data drives. Choose one, click the down-arrow on the right to expand the options and click Turn on BitLocker.

BitLocker Drive

3. Now the BitLocker wizard will launch, check the option Use a password to unlock the drive, type your secret phrase and click Next.

Password to unlock drive

4. Choose where to save password and then click Next.

Save BitLocker recovery key

5. Finally, click on Start encrypting. The encryption time will depend on the size and amount of data in the drive.

Encrypting drive BitLocker

All of your documents are now protected from prying eyes. Make sure to save the Storage Spaces encryption recovery key in a secure place, as if you lose it you won’t be able to decrypt your files.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He is also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and About.me.