Can my hard desk data by transferred/Read without password

john john 946 Reputation points
2022-10-30T21:51:53.173+00:00

I have Dell Vostro 3500 laptop with windows 10 home edition. and the laptop stop turning on, so i want to take it to a maintenance store. but since i have many personal data on the laptop >> so can the maintenance guy take a copy of the hard desk data, even if i do not share the windows 10 login password?

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  1. Andreas Baumgarten 100.1K Reputation points MVP
    2022-10-30T21:58:20.833+00:00

    Hi @john john ,

    if the partition(s) are encrypted with BitLocker and an authentication method like Pin or Startup Key there is no way to get the data.
    If the partition(s) aren't encrypted a copy is possible.

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  2. Andreas Baumgarten 100.1K Reputation points MVP
    2022-10-30T23:28:01.87+00:00

    Hi @john john ,

    you are running Windows 10 Home Edition? If so, Bitlocker isn't available. But you can check this in the by opening the Control Panel -> Bitlocker Drive Encryption.

    If Bitlocker Drive Encryption is available you will see the status of Bitlocker -> On or Off.

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