Although Windows 10 doesn't have an option to protect folders and files with a password, it doesn't mean that you're data isn't secure. One of the reasons why you can't set a password to a folder is because your account is already protected from unauthorized access with a password and even encryption if you use BitLocker to encrypt your entire device.

However, if you have precious family and friends photos, bank information, and other business documents that you feel would be more secure using a password, you can use a combination of a virtual hard disk and BitLocker to password protect folders and files on your computer. And all without the need for third-party tools or complicated scripts, which are probably not as secure as using the Windows 10 built-in encryption feature.

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to protect a folder with a password using a virtual hard disk and BitLocker available with the professional version of the OS.

Although Windows 10 doesn't include an option to add a password to a folder, you can set up a virtual disk with BitLocker, which gives you the ability to mimic the same password protection experience and extra security without complicated steps.

Once you complete the steps, you'll end up with a virtual hard disk that you can treat as a folder and password protect using BitLocker.

Quick tip: If you forget the password or lose the recovery key, you won't be able to recover your files, so make sure to keep this file in a secure place.

After you complete the steps, you can begin using the virtual disk as a folder to protect your content with a password.

Once you created a virtual drive and configured BitLocker, you'll need to know a few steps to lock and unlock your files and folders.

Quick note: If you receive a "is not accessible" and "Access is denied" message, this is normal behavior because you mounted the drive, but you haven't unlocked it with the password yet.

Quick tip: If you can't remember the password, click the More options link, click the Enter recovery key option, and type the 48-digit recovery key available in the text file that you should have saved when setting up BitLocker on the virtual hard disk.

Under the "Devices and drives" section, right-click the BitLocker drive, and select the Eject option.

After you complete the steps, the folders will remain encrypted and protected using the BitLocker password. The next time that you need to access those important files and folders, you'll need to follow the unlock instructions, which include entering the password again.

The best part about using a virtual hard disk with BitLocker to add a password to a folder is that you can continue to unlock your files on the same or different computer using the above steps.

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