How to unlock/decrypt Bitlocker drive after computer crashed/died?

Posted by Tim to Bitlocker Recovery Tips on October 18th, 2018

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 crashed/died, you have the following three solutions to unlock/decrypt Bitlocker drive:

Solution 1: Unlock Bitlocker drive with the password or Bitlocker recovery key on another PC

If you forgot the password, but you saved 48-digit Bitlocker recovery key (How/Where to find 48-digit Bitlocker recovery key?) , Bitlocker drive can be unlocked with 48-digit Bitlocker recovery key with following method:

Step 1: Connect Bitlocker drive to another computer.

Step 2: Double-click Bitlocker drive in My Computer or This PC.

Step 3: Click "More options".

Unlock Bitlocker drive

Step 4: Click "Enter recovery key".

Unlock Bitlocker drive

Step 5: Enter 48-digit recovery key to unlock Bitlocker drive. If Bitlocker doesn't accept Bitlocker recovery key, please go to solution 2.

Solution 2: Unlock/Decrypt Bitlocker drive with M3 Bitlocker Recovery

If Bitlocker drive is corrupted/failed, Bitlocker doesn't accept the password or Bitlocker recovery key so that we are unable to unlock/decrypt Bitlocker drive. In this situation, we need a professional Bitlocker data recovery software to unlock/decrypt Bitlocker drive.

M3 Bitlocker Recovery is such a Bitlocker data recovery software which can recover lost data from failed, inaccessible, corrupted, deleted or lost Bitlocker encrypted partition.

Tutorial to recover lost data from corrupted/inaccessible Bitlocker drive with M3 Bitlocker Recovery:

Step 1: After launching M3 Bitlocker Recovery, select the inaccessible/corrupted Bitlocker drive and click Next.

Bitlocker data recovery software

Step 2: Enter the password or Bitlocker recovery key.

M3 Bitlocker Recovery - Enter the password or Bitlocker recovery key

Step 3: Scan the lost files from inaccessible/corrupted Bitlocker drive

Unlock Bitlocker drive and recover lost data

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 drive, it will be working again after format completes.

Solution 3: Unlock Bitlocker drive with Bitlocker password brute-force cracking tool

If we don't have the password or Bitlocker recovery key to unlock/decrypt Bitlocker drive, we need the professional Bitlocker password brute-force cracking tool (Such as Passware Password Recovery Kit, Elcomsoft Forensic Disk Decryptor, Thegrideon Bitlocker Password) to help to unlock Bitlocker drive by running an attack.

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