How to format/unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive with/without password or Bitlocker recovery key?

Updated by Admin to Bitlocker Recovery on May 20th, 2019

Summary: This artile will show you how to open Bitlocker encrypted drive with password and Bitlocker recovery key, how to unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive without password or Bitlocker recovery key, how to do Bitlocker recovery after Bitlocker doesn't accept the password or Bitlocker recovery key and how to format Bitlocker encrypted drive without password or Bitlocker recovery key.

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How to unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive with Bitlocker recovery key?

Solution 1: Unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive from My Computer or This PC

If you forgot the password, but you saved Bitlocker recovery key, Bitlocker encrypted drive can be unlocked with Bitlocker recovery key with following method:

1. Double-click Bitlocker encrypted drive in My Computer or This PC.

2. Click "More Options".

3. Click "Enter recovery key".

Unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive

4. According to Bitlocker recovery key ID, please enter the corresponding 48-digit Bitlocker recovery key and click Unlock to unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive.

Enter recovery key to unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive

If you lost 48-digit Bitlocker recovery key, please refer to How/Where to find Bitlocker recovery key?

Solution 2: Unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive from command prompt (CMD)

1. Open the Command Prompt as administrator

2. Type the command: manage-bde -unlock X: -RecoveryPassword (X is the drive letter of the Bitlocker encrypted drive) and press Enter.

3. Enter the Bitlocker recovery key to unlock BitLocker encrypted drive.

If manage-bde failed to unlock volume with the correct recovery key, please try M3 Bitlocker Recovery to recover data from Bitlocker encrypted drive.

How to unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive with password?

Solution 1: Unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive from command prompt (CMD)

Manage-bde is a command-line tool that can be used for scripting BitLocker operations, such as unlock, turn off Bitlocker, change the password.

1. Open the Command Prompt as administrator.

2. Type the command: manage-bde -unlock X: -Password (X is the drive letter of the Bitlocker encrypted drive) and press Enter.

3. Enter the password to unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive.

If manage-bde failed to unlock volume with the correct password, please try M3 Bitlocker Recovery to recover data from Bitlocker encrypted drive.

Solution 2: Unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive from My Computer or This PC

1. Double-click Bitlocker encrypted drive in My Computer or This PC.

2. Enter the password to unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive.

Unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive

How to unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive without password and recovery key?

I have problem in my pen drive that i put bitlocker key in my pen drive and now i forgot the password and Bitlocker recovery key so is there any chance to open the pen drive again?

The following are three solutions to recover lost Bitlocker password with different Bitlocker password brute-force cracking tools:

1. Recover Bitlocker password with Passware Password Recovery Kit

Passware Password Reocvery Kit recovers all kinds of lost or forgotten passwords for the office application files, including Excel, Word, Windows 2003, XP, 2K, or NT, RAR, WinZip, Access, Outlook, Bitlocker, TrueCrypt, PGP, etc.

2. Recover Bitlocker password with Elcomsoft Forensic Disk Decryptor

Elcomsoft Forensic Disk Decryptor offers forensic specialists an easy way to obtain complete real-time access to information stored in popular crypto containers. Supporting desktop and portable versions of BitLocker, PGP and TrueCrypt protection, the tool can decrypt all files and folders stored in crypto containers or mount encrypted volumes as new drive letters for instant, real-time access.

3. Recover Bitlocker password with Thegrideon Bitlocker Password

Thegrideon Bitlocker Password is an advanced password recovery tool for encrypted BitLocker and BitLocker to Go volumes protected with a password. Several attacks can be queued: dictionary based, brute-force, mixed (combinations of independent dictionary, brute-force and fixed parts) for precise search range setup and fastest recovery. Highly optimized code (SSE2, AVX, AVX2) and GPU (AMD, NVIDIA, Intel) utilization.

How to recover data after Bitlocker doesn't accept the password or Bitlocker recovery key?

If you have the correct password or 48-digit Bitlocker recovery key, please download and try a program called M3 Bitlocker Recovery to recover data from Bitlocker encrypted drive.

M3 Bitlocker Recovery is a professional Bitlocker data recovery software which can recover deleted files from Bitlocker encrypted drive, recover data from formatted Bitlocker encrypted drive, recover data from deleted/lost Bitlocker encrypted partition, recover data from damaged, inaccessible or corrupted Bitlocker encrypted drive, recover data after Bitlocker drive encryption/decryption failed, etc. after providing the password or Bitlocker recovery key.

Step 1: Download, install and launch M3 Bitlocker Recovery software on a Windows computer.

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

M3 Bitlocker Recovery

Step 3: Enter the password or 48-digit Bitlocker recovery key to decrypt data from Bitlocker encrypted drive.

Enter the password or Bitlocker recovery key in M3 Bitlocker Recovery

Step 4: Scan the lost files from Bitlocker encrypted drive.

Scan data from corrupted Bitlocker encrypted drive

Step 5: After your files are found, please select and click "Recover" to save them.

Recover data from Bitlocker encrypted drive

How to format Bitlocker encrypted drive without password and recovery key?

If there is no important data, you can directly format Bitlocker encrypted drive without password and recovery key using the following method:

Step 1: Right click Bitlocker encrypted drive in My Computer (This PC) or Disk Management.

Step 2: Select "Format...".

Step 3: Select file system type and allocation unit size.

Step 4: Set volume label.

Step 5: Click "Start" to format Bitlocker encrypted drive.

If there is important data, but you don't have the password or Bitlocker recovery key, please use the above methods to unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive without password or Bitlocker recovery key, back up important data and then format Bitlocker encrypted drive.

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