Encrypting Your USB Drive For Smartcard Authentication

  1. Insert the USB drive into your machine, click the Start menu icon, select File Explorer and then select This PC in the navigation tree on the left.

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  2. Under Devices and drives right-click the USB drive and click Turn BitLocker on. BitLocker will then initialize the drive.

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  3. Under Choose How You Want To Unlock This Drive check the box for Use My Smart Card To Unlock The Drive.

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  4. On the How Do You Want To Store Your Recovery Key page, click Save The Recovery Key To A File.

  5. In the Save BitLocker Recovery Key As dialog box, choose a save location, and then click Save.

  6. You can now print the recovery key if you want to. When you have finished, click Next.

  7. On the Are You Ready To Encrypt This Drive page, click Start Encrypting. Do not remove the USB flash drive until the encryption process is complete.