Use Bitlocker or not?

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  1. ximoosea

    ximoosea Member

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    Just curious how many people choose to use bitlocker or not. The SP3 could easily be stolen but with it such a closed up system, I would assume most thieves would be more interested in reformating the harddrive versus trying to tear up the SP3 and extract the harddrive to read the data. Thus, is a Windows password secure enough to prevent this scenario?

    I have read that Bitlocker does not have a noticeable performance hit, thus, are are any good reasons not to use it? Does it play well with most software?

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    encryption - Developers: How does BitLocker affect performance? - Stack Overflow
    encryption - Developers: How does BitLocker affect performance? - Stack Overflow


     
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    AnandTech | Hardware Accelerated BitLocker Encryption: Microsoft Windows 8 eDrive Investigated with Crucial M500
    AnandTech | Hardware Accelerated BitLocker Encryption: Microsoft Windows 8 eDrive Investigated with Crucial M500


     
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    You can use BitLocker only on a subset of all your data.

    For example, I have 3 partitions: one for system, one for work information and one for personal stuff. Only the work partition is bitlocker-enabled because it contains confidential information. This way BitLocker does not slow down the system at all, while still providing protection on the data that needs protection. I don't care if anyone gains access to my pictures, but I do care if someone steals the confidential work information.
     
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    My SP3 came with bitlocker turned on by default (on the c drive). I think my ATIV 500T did as well. The performance hit isn't as noticeable for light duty stuff. Though I imagine if you did things that wrote tones of data to disk, you would want to turn it off.
     
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    Thanks all. I was not sure if it came enabled by default or not so it is nice that Diamond.g has confirmed that his did. Also I like Kevin's suggestion to partition and just enable Bitlocker with the data partition.
     
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    On any Connected Standby enabled machine it is required that Bitlocker be enabled OOB, the Recovery Key is stored online in your Microsoft Account unless it a Domain Joined Machine and the domain is configured to store the recovery key in Active Directory.
     
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    I use it, I don't notice any performance hit. I am surprised by what unruledboy posted, those numbers point to a lot of overhead.
     
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    I use BitLocker on mine (company requirement) and it is totally seamless. If there is any sort of performance hit, it is imperceptible in daily use.
     
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    I use bitlocker on external usb hard drives. Thought being if they got stolen, at least the data encrypted.

    Interesting specs from unruledboy on degradation due to bitlocker.
     

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