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if I attached an extenal drive to my laptop that is encrypted, will the drive get encrypted too?

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if I attached an extenal drive to my laptop that is encrypted, will the drive get encrypted automatically too?
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What drive? Your local laptop drive? no.. Only the external drive is encrypted, it would take no effect on your local drive.. Anything you put on that drive would be encrypted on that drive...

Then if you are asking, if you move something from the encrypted to your local, would it be encrypted, the answer would still be no.. It would have to be on the external to be encrypted.. unless of course you have or made your local drive encrypted...

Hope that helps..
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by:frankbustos
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I have a laptop and the internal drive on this laptop is encrypted. What i'm asking is if I attached an external usb drive to my laptop will that external drive get encrypted automatically?
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No, you would need to encrypt the drive manually..

What OS is your laptop?  If it's windows i'm guessing you are refering to Bitlocker?  Bitlocker is for internal drives only (the drive that windows is actually installed on).  You could use something like TrueCrypt if you would like to encrypt the external drive.
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got it thanks
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