How to recover lost data from BitLocker encrypted drive?

Updated by Tim to BitLocker Recovery Tips on October 12th, 2020

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

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?

How to recover files lost from encrypted drive by BitLocker?

There are four solutions to recover lost data from encrypted drive by BitLocker according to different data loss environments.

BitLocker data recovery requires the password or BitLocker recovery key. If the password or BitLocker recovery key is lost, refer to how to unlock BitLocker drive without the password and recover key.

BitLocker data recovery software

M3 BitLocker Recovery is a professional BitLocker recovery tool which can help to recover lost data from BitLocker encrypted drive. No matter the BitLocker protected drive is damaged, corrupted, failed, inaccessible, crashed or BitLocker drive encryption is stuck, failed, paused, froze, M3 BitLocker Recovery can do good BitLocker data recovery job as long as you can provide the correct password or BitLocker recovery key.

FAQ: M3 BitLocker Recovery can recover data from BitLocker encrypted drive without recovery key or password?

The answer is No.

Scenario 1: How to recover data from corrupted or failed BitLocker encrypted drive

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

Step 2: Select the corrupted or failed BitLocker encrypted 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 encrypted drive.

Decrypt data from BitLocker drive

Step 4: Scan the lost data from BitLocker encrypted drive.

Recover data from BitLocker drive in Windows

Step 5: After the lost data is found from BitLocker encrypted drive, select them and click "Recover" to save.

If the recovered files cannot be opened, check "Revert decryption" option and recover them again.

Scenario 2: How to recover data from formatted BitLocker drive

If the BitLocker protected drive was accidently formatted by Windows 10, 8 or 7 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 BitLocker Recovery software on your Windows computer.

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

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

Step 4: Scan the lost data from BitLocker drive.

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

Scenario 3: How to recover data from deleted or lost BitLocker encrypted partition

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

Step 2: Launch M3 BitLocker Recovery software and click "Find More Partitions" at the top.

Step 3: Choose the hard drive where you lost BitLocker encrypted partition and click Next to scan the lost BitLocker encrypted partition.

Scan deleted/lost BitLocker encrypted partition

Step 4: Once the lost BitLocker encrypted partition is found, select it and then click Next to continue.

Recover deleted/lost BitLocker encrypted partition

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

Decrypt data from deleted/lost BitLocker encrypted partition

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

Scenario 4: How to recover data after formatting the corrupted BitLocker drive

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

Step 2: Launch M3 BitLocker Recovery software and click "Find More Partitions" at the top.

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

Step 4: Once the previously existing BitLocker encrypted partition is located, select it and then click Next to continue.

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, select them and click "Recover" to start BitLocker data recovery process.

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