How to recover a corrupted BitLocker drive?

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Updated by Tim to Home > BitLocker Recovery Tips on March 24th, 2021

I corrupted a BitLocker encrypted external hard disk when encrypting it due to power off. The encryption was almost half way done. Now the BitLocker encrypted drive is not accessible in My Computer and disk management shows it as unknown partition. The data is extremely important, so I dont want to resolve in formatting the drive. Is there a way to recover the corrupted BitLocker drive?

"Drive is not accessible, the parameter is incorrect" means the file system has been corrupted so that BitLocker encrypted drive cannot be accessible. In this situation, if you format this corrupted BitLocker drive, you will lose the data. If you don't format this corrupted BitLocker drive, you cannot access this BitLocker encrypted drive any more. How to recover the corrupted BitLocker drive without data loss?

BitLocker data recovery

Unlike common data recovery, BitLocker data recovery requires the intact BitLocker metadata and password or 48-digit BitLocker recovery key to decrypt data from BitLocker encrypted drive. While common data recovery software doesn't have this function. It is why you need to find a professional BitLocker data recovery software which can recover data from BitLocker encrypted drive.

BitLocker data recovery software

M3 BitLocker Recovery is a professional BitLocker recovery software which can recover data from a formatted, inaccessible, failed, corrupted, damaged, deleted or lost BitLocker-encrypted partition.

How to recover files from a corrupted BitLocker drive?

There are two solutions to recover data from a damaged BitLocker drive, you need to select which solution according to the encryption percent when BitLocker drive corrupted:

  • If the BitLocker has completed 100% encryption and then it failed, select the solution 1 to recover data from a corrupted BitLocker drive.
  • If the BitLocker encryption just started a while and then it failed, select the solution 2 to recover files from a damaged BitLocker drive.
  • If the BitLocker encryption failed in a half way, select the solution 1 to recover files from a corrupted BitLocker drive.

Solution 1: Recover data from a damaged BitLocker drive with M3 BitLocker Recovery

Step 1: Download, install and launch M3 BitLocker Recovery Trial on your Windows computer.

Step 2: Select the corrupted BitLocker drive and click Next to continue.

BitLocker encrypted drive data recovery software

If the damaged BitLocker drive has bad sectors (hardware issue), please do a sector-level disk clone first and then try M3 BitLocker Recovery.

Step 3: Enter the password or 48-digit BitLocker recovery key.

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Step 4: After your lost files are found, right click one photo, document, video or audio and select "Preview".

Recover data from BitLocker encrypted drive

Step 5: You will see the actual preview as below:

File preview of M3 BitLocker Recovery

If the selected photo, document, video or audio cannot be previewed/played, check "Revert decryption" option under Help menu and preview again. Otherwise, please contact [email protected]

Step 7: Purchase M3 BitLocker Recovery license key at once.

Step 8: Enter the license key to activate M3 BitLocker Recovery Trial version.

Step 9: Select the found files and click Recover to start the data recovery process.

If some recovered files cannot be opened, check "Revert decryption" option under Help menu and recover these files again.

Step 10: After data recovery from the corrupted BitLocker drive is successfully done, you can format this corrupted BitLocker drive and make it working again.

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Solution 2: Recover data from a corrupted BitLocker drive with M3 Data Recovery

M3 Data Recovery is a professional data recovery software which can recover data from SD card, USB drive, hard drive, external hard drive, etc.

Step 1: Download, install and launch M3 Data Recovery software on the computer.

Step 2: Choose Data Recovery module.

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Step 2: Click "Find More Partitions" at the bottom.

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Step 3: Select hard disk, check deep scan option and click Next to scan the previously existing partitions.

Find More partitions

Step 4: Select the partition whose recovery status is Good and extract data.

Extract data from the found partition

At this step, if it is diffcult for you to select which partition, please contact [email protected]

Step 5: After the files are found, you can preview documents, photos and play videos, audios in preview mode.

File preview in M3 Data Recovery

Step 6: Purchase M3 Data Recovery Professional license key at once.

Step 7: Enter the license key to activate M3 Data Recovery.

Step 8: Select the found files and click Recover to start the data recovery process.

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