How to resume Bitlocker drive encryption paused in Windows 10/8/7?

Posted by Tim to Bitlocker Recovery Tips on March September 13th, 2017

I encrypted my external hard drive with Bitlocker, but before Bitlocker drive encryption completes, computer shut down due to power failure. My Bitlocker drive 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 solve "Bitlocker drive encryption paused and doesn't resume"?

Following is several solutions to solve "Bitlocker drive encryption paused and doesn't resume" in Windows 10/8/7/Vista.

Solution 1: Run chkdsk on Bitlocker drive

We suggest you to suspend BitLocker drive encryption, turn it off and then check the issue with chkdsk command.

Solution 2: Resume Bitlocker drive 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 lost data from Bitlocker drive

If Bitlocker drive encryption process cannot be resumed after Bitlocker drive encryption paused, M3 Bitlocker Recovery is a professional Bitlocker data recovery software that can recover lost data from damaged, corrupted, failed, inaccessible or lost Bitlocker drive as long as the Bitlocker drive is not physically damaged .

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

Step 2: Select the Bitlocker drive which you want to recover lost data from and click Next to continue.

Bitlocker data recovery software - M3 Bitlocker Recovery

Step 3: Enter the password or 48-digit Bitlocker recovery key to decrypt data from damaged/corrupted Bitlocker drive.

Step 4: Scan the lost data from Bitlocker drive.

Recover lost data from Bitlocker drive

Step 5: After the lost data is found from Bitlocker drive, please select them and click "Recover" to recover lost data from a paused Bitlocker drive.

Recover data from Bitlocker encrypted drive

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