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There are both paid and free software for OSX and WIndows, this guide will focus mainly on OSX 10.6 and above and Windows 7 and abovemacOS and Windows and they are listed below.

 

Note: Drive encryption may require you to format your drive. 

Apple

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FileVault 

Use FileVault to encrypt your Mac

Microsoft Windows

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BitLocker 

BitLocker for Windows

Alternative Encrypting Applications. 

If the default operating system encryption methods don't work for you or you want something a little more secure or efficient, there are a few other third-party applications out there for your convenience. Some recommendations include:

Link to GNU Privacy Guard web page (Windows, OSX, Linux) - Free

Link to TrueCrypt web page (Windows, OSX, Linux) - Free

Link to 7-Zip web page (Windows) - Free

Link to AxCrypt web site (Windows) - Free