How to solve 'Bitlocker recovery key not working in Windows 10/8/7'?

Updated by Admin to Bitlocker Recovery on July 9th, 2019

It feels dreadful when Microsoft Bitlocker recovery key is not working. Especially it means that you can't access data on this Bitlocker encrypted drive. Here are some instructions on what you can do when Bitlocker recovery key is not working in Windows 10.

Case 1: Bitlocker recovery key is not working for data drive

I am trying to access the files on my external hard drive that I encrypted using Bitlocker, but when I paste in the recovery key it states that Bitlocker recovery key or password is not working. How can I fix this?

There are three solutions to solve 'Bitlocker recovery key not working for data drive' in Windows 10/8/7:

Solution 1: Try the password

If Bitlocker recovery key is not working, please try the password, the password is another option to unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive. If the password is not working either, please try solution 3 to recover data from Bitlocker encrypted drive.

Solution 2: Try another computer

Connect Bitlocker encrypted drive to another computer and try to unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive with the password or Bitlocker recovery key.

Solution 3: Bitlocker data recovery

I am having some issues while using BitLocker in my external hard drive, where my password is not working. After setting the password for the first time, due to a powercut, the encryption was not completed and when I tried to use the password, the password was not working as well as BitLocker recovery key was also not working. I have many important files in that hard drive. Please help me.

M3 Bitlocker Recovery is a professional Bitlocker data recovery software which can recover data from formatted, corrupted, failed, inaccessible or lost Bitlocker encrypted partition as long as the Bitlocker encrypted drive is not physically damaged after supplying the password or recovery key.

Tutorial to recover data from corrupted Bitlocker encrypted drive:

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

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

Bitlocker data recovery software - M3 Bitlocker Recovery

Step 3: Enter the password or 48-digit Bitlocker recovery key.

Decrypt data from corrupted Bitlocker encrypted drive

If it is Bitlocker encrypted OS drive, the recovery key is the only way to decrypt data from Bitlocker encrypted OS drive.

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

Recover data from corrupted Bitlocker encrypted drive

Step 5: After the lost data is found, preview the found files, select them and click "Recover" to save.

If some recovered files cannot be opened, please check "Enable brute-force decryption" option and recover them again.

Case 2: Bitlocker recovery key is not working for OS drive or Surface Pro

When starting up Windows 10/8/7 or Surface Pro 2/3/4, Windows keeps asking for recovery key, but Bitlocker recovery key is not working even if the correct recovery key is entered. In this situation, Bitlocker encrypted OS drive has been corrupted due to some reasons (For example, Windows update, motherboard change, virus attack) so that Bitlocker doesn't accept correct recovery key.

To solve 'Windows 10/8/7 or Surface Bitlocker recovery key not working' on boot, data recovery is the only way.

Solution 1: M3 Bitlocker Recovery

Step 1: Remove the Bitlocker encrypted OS hard disk from the Windows 10/8/7 computer or Surface Pro.

Step 2: Connect the Bitlocker encrypted OS hard disk to another Windows computer as an external drive.

Step 3: Download, install and launch M3 Bitlocker Recovery on your computer.

Step 4: Select the corrupted Bitlocker encrypted drive and click Next to continue.

Bitlocker data recovery software - M3 Bitlocker Recovery

Step 5: Enter the password or 48-digit Bitlocker recovery key.

Decrypt data from corrupted Bitlocker encrypted drive

If Bitlocker recovery key is also not working in M3 Bitlocker Recovery, it means Bitlocker metadata has been completely corrupted so that there is no way to decrypt data from the corrupted Bitlocker encrypted drive.

Step 6: Scan the lost data from corrupted Bitlocker encrypted drive.

Recover data from corrupted Bitlocker encrypted drive

Step 7: After the lost data is found, preview the found files, select them and click "Recover" to save.

If some recovered files cannot be opened, please check "Enable brute-force decryption" option and recover them again.

Solution 2: M3 Data Recovery WinPE boot disk

If you cannot remove the Bitlocker encrypted OS hard disk from the Windows 10/8/7 computer, laptop or Surface Pro, M3 Data Recovery WinPE boot disk is the best way to rescue the data.

Step 1: Download M3 Data Recovery WinPE edition.

Step 2: Burn M3 Data Recovery WinPE ISO file to a USB drive with the burning tool.

Step 3: Boot your computer from M3 Data Recovery WinPE boot disk.

Step 4: Once M3 Data Recovery is loaded, choose Bitlocker Recovery module.

Choose Bitlocker Recovery module in M3 Data Recovery

Step 5: Select the Bitlocker encrypted OS drive and then enter the recovery key to decrypt data from Bitlocker encrypted OS drive.

Enter 48-digit Bitlocker recovery key

If Bitlocker recovery key is also not working in M3 Data Recovery WinPE boot disk, it means Bitlocker metadata has been completely corrupted so that there is no way to decrypt data from the corrupted Bitlocker encrypted OS drive.

Step 6: M3 Data Recovery is scanning the data from Bitlocker encrypted OS drive.

Scan lost data from Bitlocker encrypted drive

Step 7: After the scan completes, preview the found files, select them and click Recover to start data recovery process.

Recover data from Bitlocker encrypted drive

If some recovered files cannot be opened, please check "Enable brute-force decryption" option and recover them again.

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