How to recover the forgotten BitLocker password?

Posted by Tim to BitLocker Recovery Tips on September 10th, 2020

I changed my BitLocker password of my hard drive 2 months ago. After that I did not used the computer, so I forgot BitLocker password, but I remember previous 3 passwords. Please help me to recover my BitLocker password. Thx!

7 solutions to recover BitLocker password

There are 7 solutions to recover the forgotten BitLocker password to unlock BitLocker encrypted drive:

1. Recover BitLocker password with BitLocker recovery key

If you have saved the 48-digit BitLocker recovery key, it is another option to unlock BitLocker drive. After unlocking BitLocker drive, you can change the BitLocker password.

Step 1: Find BitLocker recovery key.

To retrieve the recovery key that was stored to onedrive, visit the site:, sign in with your Microsoft account and then you will see the recovery key.

If you have not saved the recovery key in onedrive, refer to Where/How to find lost 48-digit BitLocker recovery key?

Step 2: Double click BitLocker drive in Windows explorer.

Step 3: Click "More Options".

Unlock BitLocker encrypted drive

Step 4: Click "Enter recovery key".

Unlock BitLocker encrypted drive

Step 5: Enter BitLocker recovery key to unlock this drive.

Step 6: After unlocking BitLocker drive, go to Control Panel -> BitLocker Drive Encryption.

Step 7: Select this BitLocker drive and then click "Change password".

Step 8: Enter new BitLocker password.

2. Attempt access with your usual passwords

Despite the warning to create a strong password, many users still use the usual words or phrases as their passwords. So usual passwords are your first choice.

Try to relax and remember the passwords that you may have used in the past. With some luck, you may get the correct password and open your BitLocker encrypted drive.

3. Recover BitLocker password with BitLocker Recovery Password Viewer

If you are active directory users, you can use BitLocker Recovery Password Viewer to locate and view BitLocker recovery passwords that are stored in AD DS.

In Active Directory Users and Computers, locate and then click the container in which the computer is located. For example, click the Computers container.

Right-click the computer object, and then click Properties.

In the ComputerName Properties dialog box, click the BitLocker Recovery tab to view the BitLocker recovery passwords that are associated with the particular computer.

4. Recover the forgotten BitLocker password with BitCracker

BitCracker is the first open source password cracking tool for memory units encrypted with BitLocker.

By means of a dictionary attack, BitCracker tries to find the password or recovery key to decrypt BitLocker drive.

5. Recover the forgotten BitLocker password with Passware Kit

Passware Kit Business and Forensic edition can run the common attacks to recover the forgotten password. Refer to What password recovery attacks can I use?

6. Recover the forgotten BitLocker password with Elcomsoft Distributed Password Recovery

Elcomsoft Distributed Password Recovery can break the complex passwords and recover the strong encryption key by running the common attacks.

7. Recover the forgotten 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 for precise search range setup and fastest recovery.

BitLocker drive data recovery software - M3 Data Recovery

M3 Data Recovery is a professional data recovery software which can recover deleted or lost files from from BitLocker drive.

M3 Data Recovery can recover files from formatted BitLocker drive, recover lost files from deleted or lost BitLocker partition, recover lost data from corrupted BitLocker drive, recover lost data after BitLocker encryption/decryption failed, etc. If you remember the BitLocker password or BitLocker recovery key, you can recover lost data from BitLocker drive without problem.

Tutorial to recover lost data from BitLocker drive:

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

Step 2: Choose BitLocker Recovery module, select the BitLocker drive and click Next to continue.

BitLocker data recovery software

Step 3: Enter the password or BitLocker recovery key.

M3 Data Recovery - Enter BitLocker recovery key or encryption password

Step 4: Scan the lost files from BitLocker drive.

Scan lost files from BitLocker drive

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

Recover lost files from BitLocker drive

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