How to access/unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive on another computer: Windows, Mac or Linux?

Updated by Admin to Bitlocker Recovery on April 8th, 2019

Summary:This article will introduce how to access/unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive on another computer, including Windows, Mac and Linux.

Table of the article contents

How to access/unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive on another Windows PC?

Step 1: Find a Windows computer which supports Bitlocker Drive Encryption

When accessing Bitlocker encrypted drive on another Windows PC, it requires Windows OS which supports Bitlocker drive encryption.

Bitlocker drive encryption is missing in Windows 10/8/7 Home and Windows 7 Professional, so Bitlocker is available in the following Windows Operating Systems:

Windows 10 - Professional and Enterprise edition

Windows 8 - Professional and Enterprise edition, including Windows 8.1

Windows 7 - Enterprise and Ultimate edition

Windows Vista - Enterprise and Ultimate edition

Windows Server 2008 R2 - All editions

Windows Server 20012 - All editions

In other Windows editions, such as Windows XP, although you cannot encrypt drive with Bitlocker drive encryption, but you can get a read-only Bitlocker To Go interface to access the contents on the Bitlocker encrypted removable drives, such as USB flash drives or external hard drives.

Step 2: Access/unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive with the password or 48-digit Bitlocker recovery key

If Bitlocker encrypted drive is healthy, just connect this Bitlocker encrypted drive to another Windows computer and then enter the password or 48-digit Bitlocker recovery key to access it.

Step 1: Connect Bitlocker encrypted drive to a Windows computer.

Step 2: Double click Bitlocker encrypted drive in My Computer (This PC) or Disk Management.

Step 3: Enter the password or Bitlocker recovery key to unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive.

unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive

If Bitlocker encrypted drive is corrupted, it needs a professional Bitlocker recovery software to recover data from corrupted Bitlocker encrypted drive.

How to access/unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive on another Mac computer?

Although Microsoft only developed and released Bitlocker for Windows version, so Mac OSX cannot open Bitlocker encrypted drive, but with the help of M3 Bitlocker Loader for Mac, we can easily open Bitlocker encrypted drive and then read/write Bitlocker encrypted drive on macOS 10.14 (Mojave)/10.13 (High Sierra)/10.12 (Sierra)‎ and Mac OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7 Operating Systems.

Tutorial to read/write Bitlocker encrypted drive on Mac computer

Step 1: Launch M3 Bitlocker Loader for Mac on Mac computer.

Step 2: Insert a Bitlocker encrypted drive.

M3 Bitlocker Loader for Mac

Step 3: Select Bitlocker encrypted drive and then click "Open" icon to unlocker.

Select Bitlocker encrypted drive on Mac

Step 4: Enter the password to unlock the Bitlocker encrypted drive.

Unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive on Mac

Step 5: After unlocking, the Bitlocker encrypted drive will be mounted in read-write mode, we can copy files out or write new data.

Read/write Bitlocker encrypted drive on Mac

How to access/unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive on another Linux computer?

M3 Bitlocker Loader for Linux is a command tool to mount, read, write, create Bitlocker encrypted drive in Linux/Ubuntu.

Tutorial to open/access Bitlocker encrypted drive in Linux

Step 1: Download M3 Bitlocker Loader for Linux installation package.

Step 2: tar -xvf m3.bitlocker.linux.tar ./

Step 3: cd m3.bitlocker.linux

Step 4: ./install.sh

Step 5: Enter the command to mount Bitlocker encrypted drive in Linux: m3.bitlocker [device name] [mount path] [volume name] [password]

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