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Encrypt Data onto Hard Drive or Flash Drive


In this article, we will show you how to encrypt your data onto a flash drive or hard drive. First thing you will want to do is download and install the 7-zip program. Click on either icon below that applies to your computer (32 bit or 64 bit) :


Please note * How can I tell if my computer is running a 32-bit or a 64-bit version of Windows?

Follow the instructions below:
    1. Right-Click  on the Start button  and then Left-Click on System
    2. Under System, you can view the System type.


3. Once you have successfully installed the 7-zip program, proceed to the following steps below.


  1. Right-Click  on the files or folder you wish to compress and encrypt.
  2. From the pop-up menu, select Add to archive...

  3. In the dialog window, note the name of the 7z file that will be created.
  4. Change the Archive format to 7z  (It may be selected by default).
  5. Change the Encryption method to AES-256 (It may be selected by default).
  6. Enter and verify your password.

  7. Click OK


Please ensure you are making a note and copy of the password you entered when encrypting the hard drive or flash drive. The password cannot be retrieved if you lose it or misplace the password.