How to remove Bitlocker encryption from USB drive, pen drive, external HDD in Windows 10/8/7?
I lock my D drive by bitlocker, I can unlock drive by password but cannot remove it permanently, can anybody help me to remove Bitlocker encryption permanently?
If we have the password and can unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive, we can easily remove Bitlocker encryption from USB drive, pen drive, flash drive, external hard drive with following solution:
remove Bitlocker encryption by disabling Bitlocker drive encryption
Step 1: Click Start, click Control Panel and then click BitLocker Drive Encryption.
Step 2: Find the drive on which you want to remove Bitlocker encryption and then click Unlock drive.
Step 3: Enter the password to unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive. After Bitlocker encrypted drive is unlocked, please click Turn off BitLocker in BitLocker Drive Encryption of Control Panel.
Step 4: A message is displayed, informing you that your drive will be decrypted. This might take a long time, but you can keep using your PC during the decryption process. Click Turn off Bitlocker to continue. By completing this procedure, you have decrypted the drive and removed BitLocker password.
If we don't have the password, we need to use following solutions to unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive firstly and then remove Bitlocker encryption from USB drive, pen drive, flash drive, external hard drive.
Solution 1: Unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive with recovery key
If we have saved the 48-digit recovery key, just enter the Bitlocker recovery key to unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive and then go to Control Panel -> Bitlocker Drive Encryption -> Unlock Bitlocker Encrypted Drive -> Turn off Bitlocker to remove Bitlocker encryption.
If we don't know how/where to find lost recovery key, please refer to Where/How to find lost 48-digit Bitlocker recovery key?
Solution 2: Retrieve Bitlocker recovery password with BitLocker Recovery Password Viewer
If we are active directory users, we can use Bitlocker Recovery Password Viewer to locate and view BitLocker recovery passwords that are stored in active directory.
Solution 3: Crack Bitlocker password with Bitlocker brute-force cracking tool
There are three Bitlocker brute-force cracking tools: Passware Password Recovery Kit, Elcomsoft Forensic Disk Decryptor, Thegrideon Bitlocker Password which can help to unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive by running an attack.
Bitlocker drive data recovery software - M3 Bitlocker Recovery
M3 Bitlocker Recovery is a professional Bitlocker data recovery software which can recover deleted files from Bitlocker encrypted drive, recover files from formatted Bitlocker encrypted drive, recover files from deleted or lost Bitlocker encrypted partition, recover data from damaged, inaccessible or corrupted Bitlocker encrypted drive, recover data after Bitlocker drive encryption/decryption failed, etc., but it requires we must have the password or 48-digit recovery key.
Bitlocker for Mac - M3 Bitlocker Loader for Mac
Although Microsoft only developed and released Bitlocker for Windows version, so Mac OSX cannot open Bitlocker encrypted drive, but with the help of M3 Bitlocker Loader for Mac, we can easily open Bitlocker encrypted drive and then read/write Bitlocker encrypted drive in macOS 10.13 (High Sierra)/10.12 (Sierra) and Mac OSX 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7 Operating Systems.