How to solve 'Bitlocker drive failed to unlock with this recovery key'?

Bitlocker recovery key is correct

Firstly, please ensure the 48-digit recovery key you entered is correct. If yes, please try following solutions to unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive.

Solution 1: Try the password

The password and 48-digit recovery key are two ways to unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive, please try the password if Bitlocker drive failed to unlock with this recovery key.

Solution 2: Change a computer and try recovery key again.

Please connect the Bitlocker encrypted drive to another computer and then try 48-digit recovery key to unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive again.

Solution 3: Bitlocker data recovery

If the password and 48-digit recovery key failed to unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive, maybe the file system of Bitlocker encrypted drive is corrupted so that Bitlocker encrypted drive is not accessible. In this situation, please try Bitlocker data recovery software to recover data from corrupted Bitlocker encrypted drive.

M3 Bitlocker Recovery is such a professional Bitlocker data recovery software which can recover data from formatted Bitlocker encrypted drive, recover data from deleted or lost Bitlocker partition, recover data from damaged Bitlocker encrypted drive, recover data from inaccessible Bitlocker encrypted drive, recover data after Bitlocker encryption/decryption failed, etc.

Step 1: Download, install and launch M3 Bitlocker Recovery on the Windows computer.

Step 2: Select corrupted Bitlocker encrypted drive in M3 Bitlocker Recovery home window and click Next.

Bitlocker encrypted drive data recovery software

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

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

Recover data from corrupted Bitlocker encrypted drive

Step 5: After the files are found, please select them and click "Recover" to save the found data.

Solution 4: Format

If there is no important data in Bitlocker encrypted drive, format is the best way to solve 'Bitlocker drive failed to unlock with this recovery key'. After format completes, please set up Bitlocker drive encryption again.

Bitlocker recovery key is incorrect

If you forgot the password and 48-digit recovery key, please try following solutions to unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive:

Solution 1: Try Bitlocker Recovery Password Viewer

If you are domain users, please try Bitlocker Recovery Password Viewer if you set up Active Directory

Solution 2: Check Microsoft account online

This option is only available on non-domain-joined PCs. To get your recovery key, go to Microsoft account and get BitLocker Recovery Key.

Solution 3: Try Bitlocker brute-force cracking tool

If you forgot the password and 48-digit recovery key, the only way to unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive is using the professional Bitlocker brute-force cracking tool, such as Passware Password Recovery Kit, Elcomsoft Forensic Disk Decryptor, Thegrideon Bitlocker Password.

Solution 4: Format

If there is no important data in Bitlocker encrypted drive, format is the best way to solve 'Bitlocker drive failed to unlock with this recovery key'. After format completes, please set up Bitlocker drive encryption again.

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