How to move Bitlocker encrypted drive to a new computer?

This article will introduce how to move Bitlocker encrypted drive to a new computer (Windows, Mac, Linux).

If Bitlocker encrypted drive is a data drive, we can easily move Bitlocker encrypted drive to a new computer with following solutions and then access it.

Solution 1: Move Bitlocker encrypted drive to a new computer where installed Windows.

Step 1: A new computer where installed Windows must support Bitlocker.

Bitlocker is available in the following Windows Operating Systems:

Windows 10 - Professional or Enterprise edition

Windows 8 - Professional or Enterprise edition, including Windows 8.1

Windows 7 - Enterprise or Ultimate edition

Windows Vista - Enterprise or Ultimate edition

Windows Server 2008 R2 - All editions

Windows Server 20012 - All editions

In other Windows editions, such as Windows XP, although we cannot encrypt drive with Bitlocker drive encryption, but we can get a read-only Bitlocker To Go interface to access the contents on the Bitlocker encrypted removable drives, such as USB flash drives or external hard drives.

Step 2: Access Bitlocker encrypted drive on a new computer with the password or 48-digit recovery key

If Bitlocker encrypted drive is healthy, just connect this Bitlocker encrypted drive to a new Windows computer and then enter the password or 48-digit recovery key to unlock it.

If Bitlocker encrypted drive is corrupted, it needs a professional Bitlocker data recovery software to recover data from corrupted Bitlocker encrypted drive, M3 Bitlocker Recovery is such a Bitlocker data recovery software which can recover data from formatted, corrupted, failed, inaccessible, deleted or lost Bitlocker encrypted partition, etc.

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Solution 2: Move Bitlocker encrypted drive to a new computer where installed macOS

Microsoft only developed and released Bitlocker for Windows version, there is no Mac implementation, but with the help of M3 Bitlocker Loader for Mac, we can easily access 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.

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Solution 3: Move Bitlocker encrypted drive to a new computer where installed Linux

Dislocker - Uses a fuse based mechanism to decrypt the volume and mount it so that the user can access (read or write) the files within the volume. Note that this is not a brute force mechanism or hack; the user still needs to provide a valid BEK file (startup key) or numerical key or FVEK (Full Volume Encryption Key) or recovery password or user password for the decryption.

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