How to recover data from corrupted Bitlocker drive with Bitlocker Repair Tool?

Posted by Tim to Bitlocker Recovery Tips on March 31th, 2020

This article introduces two solutions to recover data from corrupted Bitlocker drive: M3 Bitlocker Recovery and Microsoft Bitlocker Repair Tool.

Solution 1: M3 Bitlocker Recovery

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

Step 1: Install and launch M3 Bitlocker Recovery. After that, select the corrupted Bitlocker drive you want to recover lost data from and click Next to continue.

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 Bitlocker drive.

Scan lost data from corrupted Bitlocker drive

Step 4: After your files are found, please select and click "Recover" to save them.

Recover lost data from corrupted Bitlocker drive

Solution 2: Bitlocker Repair Tool

The BitLocker Repair Tool (Repair-bde) is a free command-line tool included with Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows 8 and Windows 10. This tool can be used to access encrypted data on a severely corrupted hard drive which was encrypted by using BitLocker Drive Encryption. It is used especially for the extraction of data from under locked BitLocker drive.

Download Bitlocker Repair Tool from:Microsoft official site.

Now here is what to do. First of all make sure that:

  • You have encrypted the volume by using BitLocker Drive Encryption.
  • You must be able to provide administrative credentials.
  • You must have Bitlocker recovery key or Bitlocker recovery password.
  • You must have an empty output volume of equal or larger size than the BitLocker-protected drive.

Repair corrupted Bitlocker drive using Bitlocker recovery password

Enter the following command in the command prompt and press Enter. In this command "E" is the Bitlocker drive and "F" is a local drive for where to extract the data from the encrypted BitLocker drive.

repair-bde E: F: -pw –Force

(pw is the Bitlocker password user specifies in the UI to access the encrypted volume)

Repair BitLocker drive using Bitlocker recovery key

Here "D:\YourRecoveryKey.bek" is the Bitlocker recovery key location. "062502-073108-275583-125030-023357-182526-362223-517414" is the recovery key generated when the Bitlocker volume is created and you can print it or save it as a plain text on a local (not recommended) or an external hard drive.

repair-bde E: F: -rk D:\YourRecoveryKey.bek

Or

repair-bde E: F: -rp 062502-073108-275583-125030-023357-182526-362223-517414

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