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Pre-Boot Authentication, without use of BitLocker

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#1 ElishaSpicer


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Posted 17 August 2017 - 09:42 PM

Been running into a wall here lately. I am attempting to find a solution to data encryption. My boss and I have discussed many methods of securing data. We intend to use veracrypt to make a mountable volume and have that method locked down. Where I am hitting a wall is boot/system drive encryption.


we set up a lab pc and tested an install of Windows 7 Ultimate and found the options offered by bitlocker are good for our customer's needs. however, a number of clients are running windows 7 pro and do not have use of bitlocker for the system drive.


My main question is, are there any apps out there that offer the same functionality as bitlocker. specifically the ability to use a USB drive to store a "Boot Key" for Pre-Boot Authentication. the thought of using a usb drive to store a key for the machine to boot into windows seems like a solution we could use. we do not want use a password or other keyed input to boot the machine to windows, only the usb for pre-boot authentication.


Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!

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