EFS is not an option for me because I'm using Windows 7 Home Premium.

I am looking for folder encryption, not drive encryption.

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    your title says to encrypt a folder, but the body says the entire drive - which are you looking for? – schroeder Mar 27 '15 at 20:50
  • TrueCrypt? You can use it under either OS, but it may not be as transparent as you like. – John Deters Mar 27 '15 at 21:08
  • Looking for something that works like EFS but is compatible with the Home editions of Windows. – Corey Apr 7 '15 at 15:06
  • Related question: SuperUser.com, 2015-09-16, How to Encrypt Home Directory on Windows 10 Home? – StackzOfZtuff Dec 3 '15 at 22:12
  • @JohnDeters TrueCrypt is no longer developed/secure, but VeraCrypt could be an option. – Tim Malone May 2 '16 at 0:58

I don't know if this is possible in your context, but I'd say that you want to use Container-based encryption.
That way you create a container file (using VeraCrypt/TrueCrypt/BestCrypt/...) which you mount as a new drive afterwards. The mounted drive can be used transparently for data accesses.
If you can't move the folder you want to encrypt, than you can still use container-based encryption, but add a junction point pointing to your encrypted (virtual) drive.

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