How to recover data from Bitlocker drive in Windows 10/8/7?

Updated by Tim to Bitlocker Recovery Tips on May 9th, 2020

Summary: This article will show you how to recover lost data from Bitlocker drive in Windows 10/8/7 according to different data loss environments.

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I encrypted 3TB external hard disk with Bitlocker in Windows 10 last week, today I connect 3TB hard disk to another PC to unlock drive but Bitlocker doesn't accept correct recovery key and password. How should I repair Bitlocker drive and access data?

About Windows 10 Bitlocker drive encryption

Microsoft updated the BitLocker drive encryption feature in Windows 10 and now Windows 10 brings support for XTS-AES encryption algorithm. BitLocker supports both 128-bit and 256-bit XTS-AES keys, but keep in mind that it will not be accessible on older version of Windows.

For Windows 10 users, the improved BitLocker also gives users the ability to recover their device with Azure directory as well. When the device is encrypted, the BitLocker recovery key is automatically escrowed to Azure Active Directory. This will make it easier to recover your BitLocker key online.

Bitlocker data recovery software

M3 Data Recovery is a professional Bitlocker recovery software which can help to recover lost data from formatted Bitlocker drive, recover lost data from from damaged, corrupted, failed, inaccessible, crashed Bitlocker drive, recover lost data after Bitlocker drive encryption stuck/failed/paused/froze, recover lost data from deleted/lost Bitlocker encrypted partition, etc. after providing the password or recovery key in Windows 10/8/7/XP and Windows Server.

How to recover lost data from Bitlocker drive in Windows 10/8/7

There are four solutions to recover lost data from Bitlocker drive according to different data loss environments.

Bitlocker data recovery requires the password or Bitlocker recovery key. If the password or Bitlocker recovery key lost, please refer to how to open Bitlocker drive without the password and reocvery key.

Solution 1: Recover data from corrupted, failed, inaccessible, crashed Bitlocker drive

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

Step 2: Select the corrupted, failed, inaccessible, crashed Bitlocker drive and click Next to continue.

Professional Bitlocker data recovery software

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

Decrypt data from Bitlocker drive

Step 4: Scan the lost data from Bitlocker drive.

Recover data from Bitlocker drive in Windows

Step 5: After the lost data is found from the corrupted, failed, inaccessible, crashed Bitlocker drive, please select them and click "Recover" to save.

If the recovered files cannot open, please check "Enable brute-force decryption" option and try to recover these files again.

Solution 2: Recover data from formatted Bitlocker drive

If the Bitlocker drive was accidently formatted by Windows 10 built-in format tool, Windows OS would completely erase Bitlocker metadata (write zero) so that there is no way to recover lost data from formattted Bitlocker drive.

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

Step 2: Select the formatted Bitlocker drive, check deep scan option and then click Next to continue.

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

Step 4: Scan the lost data from Bitlocker drive.

Step 5: After the lost data is found, please select them and click "Recover" to save.

Solution 3: Recover data from deleted/lost Bitlocker encrypted partition in Windows 10

Step 1: Download and install M3 Data Recovery software on your Windows computer.

Step 2: Launch M3 Data Recovery software and click "Find More Partitions" on main interface.

Step 3: Choose the hard drive and then click Next to scan lost/deleted Bitlocker encrypted partition.

Scan deleted/lost Bitlocker encrypted partition

Step 4: After deleted/lost Bitlocker encrypted partition is found, please select it and then click Next.

Recover deleted/lost Bitlocker encrypted partition

Step 5: Enter the password or 48-digit Bitlocker recovery key to decrypt data from deleted/lost Bitlocker encrypted partition.

Decrypt data from deleted/lost Bitlocker encrypted partition

Step 6: After your lost files are found, please select them and click "Recover" to recover lost data from deleted/lost Bitlocker encrypted partition.

Solution 4: Recover data after formatting the corrupted, inaccessible Bitlocker drive

Step 1: Download and install M3 Data Recovery software on your Windows computer.

Step 2: Launch M3 Data Recovery software and click "Find More Partitions" on main interface.

Step 3: Choose the hard drive and then click Next to scan previously existing Bitlocker encrypted partition.

Step 4: After the previously existing Bitlocker encrypted partition is found, please select it and then click Next.

Step 5: Enter the password or 48-digit Bitlocker recovery key to decrypt data from Bitlocker encrypted partition.

Step 6: After your lost files are found, please select them and click "Recover" to recover lost data from Bitlocker encrypted partition.

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