How to unlock/decrypt Bitlocker encrypted drive after computer crashed/died?
I have a 3 month old Dell Laptop. The motherboard got doused with some water (Granddaughter)... and is fried. I need to recover some pictures of said granddaughter from the hard drive but found out it is encrypted with Bitlocker!!! I took the computer to a Computer shop to recover the data but they needed the Bitlocker recovery key. I logged onto Microsoft and got the 48 character key. The Drive ID verifies... but it will not accept the Recovery Key. The computer shop is unaware how to recover the data. I called Dell and they can't help and referred me to a recovery service that wants $500-1000 to "give it a try." Any ideas????
When motherboard crashes/dies, we have the following three solutions to unlock/decrypt Bitlocker encrypted drive:
Solution 1: Unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive with the password or recovery key on another PC
If we forgot the password, but we saved 48-digit Bitlocker recovery key (How/Where to find 48-digit Bitlocker recovery key?) , Bitlocker encrypted drive can be unlocked with 48-digit Bitlocker recovery key with following method:
Step 1: Connect Bitlocker encrypted drive to another computer.
Step 2: Double-click Bitlocker encrypted drive in My Computer or This PC.
Step 3: Click Enter recovery key and follow the wizard to unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive. If Bitlocker doesn't accept the password or recovery key, please go to solution 2.
Solution 2: Unlock/Decrypt Bitlocker encrypted drive with M3 Bitlocker Recovery
If Bitlocker encrypted drive is corrupted/failed, Bitlocker doesn't accept the password or recovery key so that we are unable to unlock/decrypt Bitlocker encrypted drive. In this situation, we need a professional Bitlocker data recovery software to unlock/decrypt Bitlocker encrypted drive.
M3 Bitlocker Recovery is such a Bitlocker data recovery software which can recover data from failed, inaccessible, corrupted, deleted or lost Bitlocker encrypted partition.
Tutorial to recover data from corrutped/inaccessible Bitlocker encrypted drive with M3 Bitlocker Recovery:
Step 1: After launching M3 Bitlocker Recovery, select the inaccessible/corrupted Bitlocker encrypted drive and click Next.
Step 2: Enter the password or recovery key.
Step 3: Scan the lost files from inaccessible/corrupted Bitlocker encrypted drive
Step 4: After the data is found, please select them and click "Recover" to save. After ensuring all recovered files can open, please try to reformat this corrupted Bitlocker encrypted drive, it will be working again after format completes.
Solution 3: Unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive with Bitlocker brute-force cracking tool
If we don't have the password or recovery key to unlock/decrypt Bitlocker encrypted drive, we need the professional Bitlocker brute-force cracking tool (Such as Passware Password Recovery Kit, Elcomsoft Forensic Disk Decryptor, Thegrideon Bitlocker Password) to help to unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive by running an attack.