8.2. Encrypting File System

The NTFS file system includes the ability to individually encrypt files using the Encrypting File System. Users can use EFS to individually encrypt files or folders. Files are then stored on the drive in an encrypted format. Unauthorized users are prevented from accessing the files.

Once enabled for files or folders, EFS works automatically without any additional user intervention. When an authorized user opens an encrypted file, it is decrypted and opened. When the user saves the file, it is automatically decrypted and saved in the decrypted format.

To utilize EFS, the partition must be formatted with NTFS. It's highly unlikely you'll come across a server formatted as FAT or FAT32, but if you do, you'll probably ...

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