I encrypted my external hard drive with Bitlocker, but before Bitlocker encryption completes, computer shut down due to power failure.
My Bitlocker encryption stuck in paused state and now not able to resume it. When I try to access external hard drive through Windows explorer, I get a error message "Bitlocker drive is not accessible, parameter is incorrect". Kindly help me out as I have some very important data stored in that drive.
How to resume Bitlocker encryption paused in Windows 10/8/7/Vista?
Following is several solutions to resume Bitlocker encryption paused and recover data from Bitlocker encrypted drive.
Solution 1: Run chkdsk on Bitlocker encrypted drive
We suggest you to suspend BitLocker drive encryption, turn it off and then check the issue.
Solution 2: Resume Bitlocker encryption process
1. Press Windows key + X and select Command prompt(Admin).
2. Type manage-bde -protectors –disable drive letter: (eg: Type manage-bde -protectors –disable D:)
3. Once you have completed your tasks and then start the encryption process by typing "manage-bde -resume drive letter:"
4. Once the encryption is complete, then type "manage-bde -protectors -enable drive letter:"
Solution 3: Recover data from Bitlocker encrypted drive
If Bitlocker encryption process cannot be resumed after Bitlocker encryption paused, M3 Bitlocker Recovery is a professional Bitlocker data recovery software that can recover data from damaged, corrupted, failed, inaccessible or lost Bitlocker encrypted drive as long as the Bitlocker encrypted drive is not physically damaged .
Step 1: Download, install and launch M3 Bitlocker Recovery on your computer.
Step 2: Select the Bitlocker encrypted drive which you want to recover data from and click Next to continue.
Step 3: Enter the password or 48-digit recovery key to decrypt data from damaged/corrupted Bitlocker encrypted drive.
Step 4: Scan the lost data from Bitlocker encrypted drive.
Step 5: After the lost data is found from Bitlocker encrypted drive, please select them and click "Recover" to save.