I'd like a moment to discuss BIT LOCKER drive encryption, which is owned by microsoft. This is a software and hardware implementation of DATA Security and Protection which is implemented VIA a logic board that
uses A TPM (Trusted Platform Management) header on the board, which is usually attached to the side panel of a given tower. Further, Bit-Locker Requires a Secondary Partition for the purpose of maintaining a security Key (User Password) and deriving Hardware information about the Logic Board and potentially other system components.
This is all fine and Dandy, until your hardware Fails or you forget a password.
Let's discuss these in brief detail.
Scenario 1: Hardware Failure
It's 2pm on friday afternoon you've just finished a business proposal due on Monday morning. Suddenly the power surges, and the lights go out. after about twenty minutes, power is returned and everything seems to be going fine. You decide to check your previous work on the proposal you've just completed.
The computer won't boot, no big deal, the office IT person can simply place the HDD into and external case and hook it up to a working machine VIA USB. But wait, you have Bit-Locker implented. And you're secure!
W/O that original Logic board however your DATA (and that uber project) are lost in the perils of technology advancement. Say goodbye to your Raise.
Apparently if you remember the Password or have a USB key with the Encrypted Key you can still Retrieve your DATA. There may be more to it than that. However, this is all that I have seen with bitlocker.
Be cautious if you intend to use it.
Currently Bit Locker is Available only in Enterprize and Ultimate editions. http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/feat...protection.mspx
This is a great Idea, but Plan Ahead if you will implement the technology.