How to disable, turn off, remove Bitlocker drive encryption in Windows 10/8/7?
This article will introduce five solutions to disable, turn off, remove Bitlocker drive encryption in Windows 10:
Solution 1: Disable Bitlocker from Control Panel
Step 1: Open the Search bar and type Control Panel.
Step 2: Double-click Bitlocker Drive Encrypition.
Step 3: Expand the related Bitlocker encrypted drive.
Step 4: Click Turn off Bitlocker.
Step 5: Click Turn off Bitlocker in the window.
After doing that, BitLocker should be permanently disabled on for the selected drive.
Solution 2: Disable Bitlocker with Command Prompt
If you're an advanced user, you can turn off BitLocker by using Command Prompt.
Step 1: Open Command Prompt as administrator. To do that quickly press Windows Key + X to open Win + X menu and choose Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu.
Step 2: When Command Prompt opens, enter manage-bde -off X: command and run it (X is the drive letter of the selected Bitlocker encrypted drive).
Solution 3: Use another PC to disable BitLocker
If both methods have failed, then all you're left with is connecting your Bitlocker encrypted drive to a different computer and then try solution 1 and solution 2.
Solution 4: Use PowerShell
Step 1: Press Windows Key + S and enter powershell. Right click Windows PowerShell from the list of results and choose Run as administrator.
Step 2: When PowerShell opens, enter Disable-BitLocker -MountPoint "X:" command and press Enter to run it (X is the drive letter of the selected Bitlocker encrypted drive).
Bitlocker drive decryption process will take a while, so please don't interrupt it. Once the drive is decrypted, BitLocker will be turned off for that drive.
Solution 5: Disable Bitlocker with Bitlocker brute-force cracking tool
If we lost the password or recovery key, the Bitlocker encrypted drive cannot be unlocked/decrypted without the password or recovery key. In this situation, we need the 3rd Bitlocker brute-force cracking tool, such as Passware Password Recovery Kit, Elcomsoft Forensic Disk Decryptor, Thegrideon Bitlocker Password which can help to unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive by running an attack.