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Set Up Whole Disk Encryption

  1. Launch Symantec Encryption Desktop.
  2. Click on the section labeled 'PGP Disk' and select the 'Encrypt Whole Disk or Partition' option.

    Whole Disk Step 2 - PGP Disk

  3. Select the disk you wish to encrypt. Often, there will only be one option. Next, select users that are permitted to use this disk by selecting 'New Passphrase User...'

    Whole Disk Step 3 - Select Disk

  4. Choose how you want to unlock the disk. For convenience, we recommend selecting 'Use Windows Password', however, some users may want, or are required, to provide additional rigor to their systems. If Two-Factor Authentication is required in your environment, select 'Create New Passphrase.'

    PGP Whole Disk Passphrase Selection

  5. When selecting 'Use Windows Password' and are using an Active Directory joined system, you will be asked to re-authenticate to your account. After re-entering your OHIO ID and password, click 'Next.'

    Whole Disk Step 5 - User and Passphrase

  6. Alternatively, if using a Passphrase, you will now be required to enter your passphrase. After entering a passphrase, click 'Next.'

    PGP Whole Disk Passphrase Creation

  7. Press the 'Encrypt' button to initiate the desk encryption. If you do not plan on using this computer during the encryption process, we recommend selecting the 'Maximum CPU Usage' option, as it will speed the process.

    Whole Disk Step 7 - Encrypt Disk

  8. From this point forward, when turning on your computer, you will be required to login to Symantec Encryption Desktop Whole Disk before Windows starts.

    Whole Disk Step 9 - WDE Login