Bitlocker recovery: How/Where to find Bitlocker recovery key on Windows 10/8/7?

Updated by Admin to Bitlocker Recovery on May 14th, 2019

Summary: This artile will show you what is Bitlocker recovery key and how/where to find 48-digit Bitlocker recovery key.

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What is Bitlocker recovery key?

A BitLocker recovery key is a special key that you can create when you turn on Bitlocker Drive Encryption for the first time on each drive that you encrypt. You can use the recovery key to gain access to your drive you have encrypted. A recovery key can also be used to gain access to your files and folders on a removable storage device (such as an external hard drive or USB flash drive) that is encrypted using BitLocker To Go, if for some reason you forget the password or your computer cannot access the drive.

Bitlocker recovery key is same as the key (it stores in a .BEK file named like BitLocker Recovery Key 444C8E16-45E7-4F23-96CE-3B3FA04D2189.BEK) on the following screen:

Bitlocker recovery key

To verify if this is the correct Bitlocker recovery key, please compare the start of the above identifier with the identifier (Bitlocker recovery key ID) value displayed on your Bitlocker encrypted drive.

Bitlocker recovery key ID

How to find Bitlocker recovery key ID value displayed on your Bitlocker encrypted drive

Double click Bitlocker encrypted drive in My Computer or This PC, click "More Options" and click "Enter recovery key", then you will see it displayed on your Bitlocker encrypted drive.

How/Where to find Bitlocker recovery key?

How to get the lost Bitlocker recovery key depends on how your PC is set up, there are different ways to get your recovery key:

Domain user

If you are a domain user, contact your administrator to get your recovery key. Bitlocker Recovery Password Viewer can locate and view BitLocker recovery keys that are stored in AD DS.

In Active Directory Users and Computers, locate and then click the container in which the computer is located. For example, click the Computers container.

Right-click the computer object, and then click Properties.

In the ComputerName Properties dialog box, click the BitLocker Recovery tab to view the BitLocker recovery passwords that are associated with the particular computer.

Non-domain user

If you are not a domain user, there are several locations in which your BitLocker recovery key might have been saved. Here are some places to check:

Your 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.

A saved copy of the recovery key: You might have saved a copy of the BitLocker recovery key to a file, a USB flash drive, or printed a hard copy.

Bitlocker for Mac

M3 Bitlocker Loader for Mac is a brilliant and smart program which can open/access/mount Bitlocker encrypted external hard drive and USB flash drive on macOS 10.14/10.13/10.12 and Mac OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7 as long as the users provide a password.

Bitlocker for Windows Home

M3 Bitlocker Loader for Windows is a free encryption software to create an encrypted container which is compatible with Bitlocker Drive Encryption so that the USB flash drive or external hard drive is protected by Bitlocker in Windows 10/8/7 Home and Windows 7 Professional.

Bitlocker for Linux/Ubuntu

M3 Bitlocker Loader for Linux is a command line tool to encrypt USB flash drive or external hard drive with Bitlocker, mount Bitlocker encrypted drive in read-write mode.