Background: What is BitLocker?

BitLocker is a full disk encryption feature included with selected editions of Windows Vista and later version. It is designed to protect your data as well as help protect against the unauthorized changes to your system.

What is BitLocker recovery?

BitLocker recovery is a process to restore the data on a corrupted BitLocker drive when unlocking the drive doesn't work. BitLocker recovery process requires the password or 48-digit BitLocker recovery key to decrypt the data from the drive.

Storage options for 48-digit BitLocker recovery key

A txt file, USB drive, physically printed, Microsoft account or Azure Active Directory account can store BitLocker recovery key. Learn how to find lost 48-digit BitLocker recovery key.

The keys to successful BitLocker Data Recovery

M3 BitLocker Recovery is a BitLocker recovery tool to recover lost files from BitLocker encrypted drive after providing password or 48-digit BitLocker recovery key.

Unlike common data recovery, BitLocker data recovery requires intact BitLocker metadata and the password or 48-digit BitLocker recovery key to decrypt data.

Data drive: The password and 48-digit BitLocker recovery key are required to decrypt data from the BitLocker encrypted drive.

OS drive: 48-digit BitLocker recovery key is the only way to decrypt the data due to trusted platform module. After the BitLocker encrypted computer or Surface failed/crashed, M3 Data Recovery WinPE bootable media can rescue your data easily.

Password and 48-digit BitLocker recovery key are not working. When BitLocker metadata is intact, M3 BitLocker Recovery can recover data after providing password & 48-digit BitLocker recovery key.

Physical damage. The hardware issue is beyond any BitLocker data recovery software. In this case, send the physically failed BitLocker encrypted drive to a local data recovery service for help.

BitLocker metadata corruption. The BitLocker metadata was used to store the password and 48-digit BitLocker recovery key when encrypting the drive. Sometimes, the area on the disk which holds BitLocker metadata was severely damaged or overwritten. In this situation, the lost data cannot be decrypted even if you have the correct password and recovery key.

Password and 48-digit BitLocker recovery key are lost or unknown. M3 BitLocker Recovery won't break into your BitLocker encrypted drive if you lost the password and 48-digit BitLocker recovery key. This is as much of a policy issue as it is a technological limitation. Maybe the 3rd-party BitLocker password brute-force cracking tool can recover the forgotten BitLocker password by running a attack.

Data recovery varies and is a complicated case, we highly suggest you try M3 BitLocker Recovery Trial version before purchasing, because trial version has a built-in Preview function - How to preview files.

Tips: M3 BitLocker Recovery Technician has been integrated into M3 Data Recovery Technician.

Have the password or 48-digit BitLocker recovery key, find BitLocker data recovery solution as below:

BitLocker encrypted drive not accessible

When BitLocker encrypted drive is not accessible, you have to find a BitLocker recovery software, such as M3 BitLocker Recovery. This BitLocker recovery tool can recover lost data from a corrupted, failed, inaccessible, damaged BitLocker encrypted drive, etc.

Tutorial: How to recover lost data from an inaccessible BitLocker encrypted drive?

Formatted BitLocker encrypted drive by mistake

If BitLocker drive is formatted by Windows 7/8/10 built-in format tool, formatting has damaged BitLocker metadata so that lost data cannot be recovered. If you formatted BitLocker drive through other operating system or other method, try M3 BitLocker Recovery Trial to recover lost data.

Tutorial: How to recover lost data from a formatted BitLocker encrypted partition?

Deleted or lost BitLocker encrypted partition

As a BitLocker partition recovery software, M3 BitLocker Recovery can find the deleted or lost BitLocker encrypted partition and recover data.

Tutorial: How to recover lost data from a deleted/lost BitLocker encrypted partition?

If M3 BitLocker Recovery doesn't find the deleted/lost BitLocker encrypted partitions, please contact [email protected] for further analysis.

BitLocker encryption/decryption interrupted, failed

After BitLocker encryption interrupted/stuck or BitLocker decryption failed, frozen, you cannot unlock that BitLocker drive. To access the data, you have to use a BitLocker drive data recovery software: M3 BitLocker Recovery to recover data.

Tutorial: How to recover lost data after a BitLocker drive encryption interrupted?

Don't have the password or 48-digit BitLocker recovery key, find BitLocker recovery solution as below:

If you don't have the correct password or 48-digit BitLocker recovery key, M3 BitLocker Recovery won't break into your BitLocker drive. In this situation, maybe the 3rd-party professional BitLocker password recovery tool can recover the forgotten BitLocker password. Refer to: How to unlock BitLocker encrypted drive without password and recovery key?

Editor Review

From Softpedia


Recover lost data from BitLocker-encrypted partitions after simply entering your recovery key, thanks to this speedy and intuitive tool. Learn more >>

From Softonic


M3 BitLocker Recovery is a tool that can recover damaged drives with BitLocker encryption. It's a great tool to use for recovery purposes. However, users should take into consideration the limitations and requirements that tool has in order to make a successful recovery. The drive's BitLocker metadata must not be damaged and users must be able to provide the 48-character key. Learn more >>

User Guide: How to use M3 BitLocker Recovery

Launch M3 BitLocker Recovery, choose one BitLocker drive, click Next to enter password or recovery key and then scan lost data.

How it works

  • 1

    Download, install, launch

    Download, install and launch M3 BitLocker Recovery

  • 2

    Select and Scan

    Select the BitLocker encrypted drive and click Next to enter the password or recovery key.

  • 3

    Preview and Recover

    Preview the documents, photos, play the videos, audios and save the recovered files.

  • Launch M3 BitLocker Recovery and Select BitLocker encrypted drive
  • Enter the password or recovery key
  • Recover lost data from BitLocker encrypted drive

Tech Specification

Supported storage devices

Hard drive, external hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card, etc. (RAID is not included). In most situations, RAID structure was corrupted so that lost data can be recovered after rebuilding RAID correctly.

System Requirements

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 and Windows Server 2003/2008/2012
Supported file systems: FAT32, NTFS and exFAT.

User Reviews

User comments



2020-06-29 03:22:29

I want to buy m3 data recovery from india but there is no solution to buy I tried many times with my international debit card but it always failed.

fanendra das

2020-05-12 03:34:52

i want M3 data recovery professional for single PC can you manage it.


2019-10-29 13:20:36

My great organization allows us to use hardware encrypted hard drives, then throws bitlocker on top of that. While copying data off the drive my computer hiccupped and all of the sudden my drive structure was corrupted and I could not access all my data. 1.1TB of work data that I had collected over the years and had not had a chance to backup was now inaccessible. I tried every trick I knew, but thanks to bitlocker I could not recover. I stumbled across this software and decided to give it a try. I am totally amazed. The free trial scanned and collected all the data from the drive (i knew my bitlocker password, and had the recovery key just in case). It was not a speedy process due to the amount of data, but I can preview every file, just waiting for it to finish so I can restore fully. Ya'll saved me hours of tears, heartache, and frustration.


2019-10-17 11:38:17

After watching a company video on data security I decided I should encrypt my primary work SD card using bitlocker. During the encryption process something happened and my card became inaccessible even with my bitlocker key. I tried everything. I was so angry at stupid bitlocker because I had so many work files that I could not access. I found M3 and decided to pony up the $$ to try and get my files back. I am extremely glad I did. Worked like a charm and I have all of my files back. And it was extremely easy to use! What a great tool. Thank you M3! And screw you windows bitlocker: I'll never use that encryption method again.

Ismael Ortiz

2019-08-30 09:31:22

I am currently a onsite IT tech for a construction company in the United States. Recently a one of the directory€™s business laptop would not boot up. After troubleshooting the device and further inspection, I noticed that the hard drive was failing. The issue got worse since the user was only going to be in town that day for a university lesson. The expectations were running high! Since this was someone really important in the company, it goes without saying that the files needed to be recovered. I installed a new HDD on his laptop and tried to access his old files through an external reader. To my surprise the drive will not open due to an error with Bit locker! I tried everything to unlock the drive, but the force was not in my side. That was until I downloaded M3 Bit locker Recovery and after a full scan it found and exported all the files that needed to be saved. I was so relieved that it was possible for a piece of software to do this! You guys have saved my life and now my boss thinks I am a genius, but it was all you guys! Trust this program and it will not disappoint!

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