I seen you can associate a smart card when you encrypt the drive with bitlocker, but I am not sure if ...

  • You can unlock with a smart card as an alternative to your password that you set (not the recovery key);
  • Or it is the smart card an extra step, asking for both your password and having your smart card each time you unlock the drive.

And if this works differently for removable drives encrypted inside windows vs encrypting main windows OS boot disk, I would like to know that too. I am under the impression that these two situations work differently and many online instructions do not clarify. For example I undestand bitlocker never uses the existent / ready TPM chip when you encrypt a removable drive, but you get the option to use the TPM chip when you encrypt main windows boot disk with bitlocker ?

This last part would be a secondary question, less important.


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