BitLocker stuck on decrypting or encrypting, what to do?

Updated by Tim to BitLocker Recovery on May 10th, 2021

This article will guide you to solve BitLocker decryption stuck and BitLocker encryption stuck two different scenarios.

BitLocker decryption stuck, what to do?

I was trying to decrypt a BitLocker-protected external hard drive overnight and it seems to be stuck at 52% decryption completed. I then paused decryption and opened up the error checking tool but it didn't complete but in the process, I agreed to turn off access to the drive during the "error check" that doesn't seem to have happened. Btw, there's over 2TB worth of some pretty important data on this drive so can someone please help? I'd be willing to pay a reasonable amount for a software solution.

Method 1: Pause BitLocker decryption and resume

1. Open the BitLocker Drive Encryption in Control Panel (Start, Control Panel, BitLocker Drive Encryption).

2. On the BitLocker encrypted drive, select "Suspend Protection".

3. Click "Yes" to the confirmation.

4. Select "Resume Protection".

If the above steps cannot resume BitLocker decryption, please try following steps:

1. Safely eject the BitLocker encrypted external hard drive.

2. Change anoter USB port to plug the BitLocker encrypted external hard drive in. Or connect the BitLocker encrypted external hard drive to another computer.

3. Right click on the BitLocker encrypted external hard drive in My Computer, select "Unlock" and then enter the password or 48-digit BitLocker recovery key to decrypt again.

Method 2: Recover data

iBoysoft BitLocker Recovery is a professional BitLocker data recovery software which can recover data from BitLocker encrypted drive.

iBoysoft BitLocker Recovery can recover data after BitLocker encryption failed, interrupted, stuck, paused and recover lost data after BitLocker decryption failed, interrupted, stuck, paused, frozen, etc. in Windows 10/8/7/XP.

Tutorial to recover data after BitLocker decryption stuck

Step 1: Download, install and launch iBoysoft BitLocker Recovery on your computer.

Step 2: Select the corrupted BitLocker encrypted drive and then click Next to continue.

BitLocker data recovery software

Step 3: Enter the password or 48-digit BitLocker recovery key and click Ok.

Enter the password or BitLocker recovery key to scan lost data from corrupted BitLocker encrypted drive

Step 4: Scan the lost data from corrupted BitLocker encrypted drive.

Scan lost data after BitLocker decryption stuck

Step 5: After your files are found, please select them and click "Recover" to start data recovery from corrupted BitLocker encrypted drive.

Recover lost data after BitLocker decryption stuck

Step 6: If some recovered files cannot be opened, check "Revert decryption" option under Help menu and recover them again.

BitLocker encryption stuck, what to do?

I upgraded to Windows 10 Pro and used BitLocker to encrypt my 1TB external hard drive which has about 500GB of data on it. The encryption seems to be stuck at 80% for the past two hours. Any suggestions?

Method 1: Wait

Wait for a long time and see if the encryption continues.

Method 2: Terminate and encrypt again

If you wait for a long time and the encryption doesn't continue, terminate it and encrypt again.

Step 1: On BitLocker Drive Encryption window, click on "Pause" to pause BitLocker encryption and then click on "Manage BitLocker".

Step 2: Click on "Turn off BitLocker" to turn off BitLocker encryption.

Step 3: Type CMD in the Windows search bar.

Step 4: Right-click on cmd.exe and choose "Run as Administrator".

command prompt

Step 5: Type chkdsk driveletter: /f and hit Enter to fix the logical errors.

Step 6: Encrypt this drive again.

Method 3: Recover data

iBoysoft BitLocker Recovery is a professional BitLocker data recovery software which can recover data after BitLocker encryption stuck, frozen, failed, interrupted, etc.

Tutorial to recover data after BitLocker encrption stuck/frozen

Step 1: Download, install and launch iBoysoft BitLocker Recovery on your computer.

Step 2: Choose BitLocker Recovery module, select the corrupted BitLocker encrypted drive and then click Next to continue.

BitLocker data recovery software

Step 3: Enter the password or 48-digit BitLocker recovery key and click Ok.

Enter the password or BitLocker recovery key in iBoysoft BitLocker Recovery

Step 4: Scan the lost data from corrupted BitLocker encrypted drive.

Scan lost data after BitLocker encryption stuck

Step 5: Once the scan is complete, you can preview documents, photos and play videos, audio to determine if your lost files are recoverable.

Recover lost data after BitLocker encryption stuck

Step 6: Select the files you need and click Recover to start data recovery from corrupted BitLocker encrypted drive.

Step 7: Manually check the recovered files. If some recovered files cannot be opened, check "Revert decryption" option under Help menu and recover them again.