Troubleshoot Unable to protect removeable drive with Bitlocker


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Jun 6, 2017
List of current issues
Bitlocker option does not appear.
Steps taken, but have been unsuccessful?
No steps taken so far.
I have an external hard drive that I would like to encrypt with Bitlocker. However, that option does not appear on the menu when I right click on the drive in File Explorer. Does anyone know why ?

I have tried re-formatting the drive- I somehow think it might be caused by my Windows settings ?

Below are the properties of the drive. Thanks for any ideas..

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Well... I've just solved this myself (I think)

I went into Disk Management and deleted the volume and then created a new one. Now I see the 'Turn On Bitlocker' option.