Verify that your computer's whole-disk encryption is enabled


There are multiple methods for deploying whole-disk encryption on your computer. At Indiana University, PGP Whole Disk Encryption (Windows and macOS), BitLocker (Windows only), and FileVault (macOS only) are commonly used.

Make sure only one of these methods of encryption is deployed at a time.


Whole-disk encryption is only one functionality of the software; simply installing PGP WDE does not necessarily mean the whole-disk encryption functionality is enabled. To verify that your disk is encrypted, follow the instructions below for your operating system.


  1. Open PGP Desktop.
  2. At the top, from the View menu, select PGP Disk.
  3. Select Encrypt whole disk.

If your disk is encrypted, to the right of the disk description, you will see a blue padlock icon, and at the upper right corner of the window, a Decrypt button.

If you do not see these, then your disk is not encrypted. To enable encryption, see Encrypt your Windows computer with PGP Whole Disk Encryption.


  1. Open PGP Desktop (or just PGP).
  2. On the left side of the window, select PGP Disk.
  3. Click Encrypt a Disk.

If you have the ability to encrypt your hard drive, then it is not currently encrypted. To enable encryption, see Encrypt your Mac computer with PGP.


To verify your disk is encrypted using BitLocker, open the BitLocker Drive Encryption control panel (located under "System and Security" when the Control Panel is set to Category view). You should see your computer's hard drive (usually "drive C"), and the window will indicate whether BitLocker is on or off. You'll also see an option to turn BitLocker on or off, depending on its current status.


The following pertains only to the version of FileVault included in macOS. While earlier versions did encrypt a user's home directory, FileVault was unable to encrypt the entire disk.

To verify your disk is encrypted, from the Apple menu, select System Preferences.... Then, from the View menu in System Preferences, select Security & Privacy, and then the FileVault tab. This will indicate whether or not FileVault is turned on for your hard disk.

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Last modified on 2019-01-03 16:11:59.

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