There are different methods/techniques available. Deciding which is the best
depends greatly on the purpose and ease of use needed.
Windows 2000 Professional, Server, Advanced Server and Datacenter editions
Windows XP Professional, Tablet PC Edition, Media Center Edition,
Professional x64 Edition
Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 R2, in both x86 and x64 editions
Windows Vista Business, Enterprise and Ultimate editions
Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate editions
Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2
can all use the Encrypted File System. It is provided as part of those
systems but is not turned on by default. You can use the help system, BING
to Google to get information on it.
For file archives, you can use a simple file compressor option that includes
password protection. It is not the same as encryption/decryption, of course
but it might serve the intended purpose.
Note: the references are intended as examples and are by no means exhaustive
let alone complete.
"Gene L." <email@example.com> wrote in message
> Is there a way to encrypt all the files on my hard drive? I know my word
> processing and spreadsheet files have a Microsoft Office option but how
> about e-mails and other non-Microsoft applications? If not, what is the
> best way to wipe my hard drive completely clean?
> Many thanks for your suggestions.
> Gene L.