How to recover a corrupted BitLocker drive?
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. 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 drive any more. How to recover the corrupted BitLocker drive without data loss? Please read on.
How to recover data from a corrupted BitLocker drive?
Understand 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 to recover data from BitLocker encrypted drive.
BitLocker data recovery software free download
iBoysoft 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.
Tutorial to recover files from a damaged BitLocker drive
Step 1: First download and install iBoysoft BitLocker Recovery software on your Windows computer.
If you have formatted the corrupted BitLocker drive by a mistake, follow the tutorial: How to recover lost data after formatting the corrupted BitLocker drive.
Step 2: Launch iBoysoft BitLocker Recovery, select the corrupted drive and click Next to scan.
If it is an external drive, you need to first connect it to your computer before running iBoysoft BitLocker Recovery.
If the damaged BitLocker drive has bad sectors (hardware issue), please do a sector-level disk clone first and then try iBoysoft BitLocker Recovery.
Step 3: Enter the password or 48-digit BitLocker recovery key and click Ok to decrypt data from BitLocker-encrypted drive.
Step 4: Scan the data from BitLocker-encrypted drive.
Step 5: After your lost files are found, right click one photo, document, video or audio and select Preview.
Step 6: You will see the actual preview as below:
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 iBoysoft BitLocker Recovery license key at once.
Step 8: Enter the license key to activate iBoysoft BitLocker Recovery Trial version and continue the previous recovery.
Step 9: Select the found files and click Recover to start the data recovery job.
If some recovered files cannot be opened, check "Revert decryption" option under Help menu and recover these files again.
Step 10: After data recovery is successfully done, you can reformat this corrupted BitLocker drive and make it working again.
How to fix a corrupted BitLocker drive?
After data recovery is successfully done, it is time to fix the corrupted BitLocker drive by reformatting:
1. Right click on the corrupted BitLocker-encrypted drive in File Explorer or Disk Management.
2. Select "Format..." option from the right-click menu.
3. Select file system type and set other information.
4. Click on Start button. The format will be completed in several minutes.
Once the corrupted BitLocker drive is formatted, you can use it again.