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Hard Drive Encryption

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/12/30/microsoft_hard_drive_encryption_keys/
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Whenever you first log into a new Windows 10 computer or device using a Microsoft account, the OS quietly and automatically encrypts the internal storage drive, and uploads a recovery key to Redmond's OneDrive servers. While you're logged into your machine, your data is decrypted and accessible. If someone steals your PC or tablet, and they don't know your password, they shouldn't be able to get at your files because they can't decrypt them.
Now my question is somewhat basic
Why would I want all my internal drives encrypting as opposed to only the sensitive files/folders
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Re: Hard Drive Encryption

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Why would I want all my internal drives encrypting as opposed to only the sensitive files/folders

You wouldn't... but the security services would prefer it that way because then they can lock up your data at will... yet still access it themselves.
You got to read between the lines when it comes to mickeysoft and its Win10 sponsoring chums..
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Re: Hard Drive Encryption

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Why would I want all my internal drives encrypting as opposed to only the sensitive files/folders

I'd much rather choose which folders/files on which drives are encrypted myself and not have these choices made for me.
Reading further it seems you can turn this off so will do that later on my laptop which is the only device running W10.

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Re: Hard Drive Encryption

I followed the link in the 'the register' article to view my decryption key and was informed there isn't one so I assume my drive isn't encrypted Smiley

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Re: Hard Drive Encryption

If you haven't logged on to the PC using a Microsoft Account there shouldn't be
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Re: Hard Drive Encryption

Same as Strat Cool

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Re: Hard Drive Encryption

I log in with a hotmail account.

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Re: Hard Drive Encryption

I am on win10 pro , insider build and it says i dont have bitlocker enabled and have got a Key  Huh  so its not encrypted
this explains better http://www.techradar.com/news/software/operating-systems/microsoft-storing-windows-disk-encryption-k...
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Re: Hard Drive Encryption

I seem to recall there being a choice to enable bit locker or not when first setting up the pc ensuring everyone had the choice to use it or not
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Re: Hard Drive Encryption

I have never opted-in to Bitlocker.  I dual-boot between Windows 10 and Windows 7 and I can see the contents of my Windows 10 drive from Windows 7 so it cannot be encrypted.  Was that a shoal of red herrings that just swam past?
Edit:  Yes, I log-in with a Microsoft account  
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Re: Hard Drive Encryption

But do you log in to Win 10 using a Microsoft account as that is when it is claimed to happen
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Re: Hard Drive Encryption

I log in using my MS account , and i can see all my files on my PC  with my  laptop so no encryption here
Defiantly a Fishy story by some win10 haters   
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Re: Hard Drive Encryption

If you login as someone else can you still access your files?
That's how encryption works - if you give it a key then you can access all your files.

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Re: Hard Drive Encryption

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But do you log in to Win 10 using a Microsoft account as that is when it is claimed to happen

And does your hardware support TPM?
AIUI automatic encryption only occurs on hardware with TPM support
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Re: Hard Drive Encryption

I doubt that my hardware supports TPM.  How does one tell?  Is there a 'BIOS' setting to turn it on or off?