How to unlock BitLocker encrypted drive in Windows 10, Mac or Linux?

Updated by Tim to BitLocker Recovery Tips on September 11th, 2020

How to unlock BitLocker encrypted drive in Windows 10

There are four solutions to unlock BitLocker encrypted drive in Windows 10:

Option 1: Unlock BitLocker encrypted drive in File Explorer

Step 1: Double-click BitLocker encrypted drive in My Computer or This PC.

Step 2: Enter the password to unlock BitLocker encrypted drive.

Unlock BitLocker drive with password in Windows 10

If you don't have the password, please click "More Options" and click "Enter recovery key" to enter BitLocker recovery key: How/Where to find BitLocker recovery key?

Unlock BitLocker drive with BitLocker recovery key

If you don't have BitLocker recovery key either, refer to: How to unlock BitLocker drive without password and recovery key?

Option 2: Unlock BitLocker encrypted drive from command prompt (CMD)

Step 1: Type "CMD" in search bar of Windows 10.

Step 2: Open the Command Prompt as administrator.

Step 3: Type the command: manage-bde -unlock X: -RecoveryPassword or manage-bde -unlock X: -Password (X is the drive letter of the BitLocker drive) and press Enter.

Step 4: Enter the BitLocker recovery key or password to unlock BitLocker drive in Windows 10.

If manage-bde failed to unlock volume with the correct recovery key, try M3 BitLocker Recovery to recover lost data from BitLocker drive.

Option 3: Unlock BitLocker encrypted drive with M3 BitLocker Loader for Windows

M3 BitLocker Loader for Windows is a disk encryption software to create an encrypted container which is compatible with BitLocker so that the drive is protected by BitLocker. What's more, it can also unlock BitLocker encrypted drive in Windows 10/8/7.

Option 4: Unlock BitLocker encrypted drive with M3 BitLocker Recovery

If BitLocker encrypted drive has been corrupted, you can recover data from the corrupted BitLocker encrypted drive with a professional BitLocker data recovery software called M3 BitLocker Recovery, but you must provide the password or 48-digit BitLocker recovery key.

To recover data from the corrupted BitLocker encrypted drive, please follow below steps:

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

Step 2: Select the BitLocker encrypted drive where you want to recover data.

BitLocker drive data recovery

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 the BitLocker encrypted drive.

Scan data from BitLocker drive

Step 5: After your files are found, select them and click "Recover" to start the recovery process.

Recover data from BitLocker drive

How to unlock BitLocker encrypted drive on your Mac

Although Microsoft only released BitLocker for Windows version and has not implemented BitLocker for Mac version, but with the help of the 3rd party tool: M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac, you can unlock BitLocker encrypted drive on your Mac.

Tutorial to unlock BitLocker encrypted drive on your Mac:

Step 1: Download, install and Launch M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac your Mac.

Step 2: Insert a BitLocker encrypted drive (USB drive, flash drive, external hard drive) into your Mac.

Launch M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac

M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac requires a healthy BitLocker encrypted drive. If your BitLocker encrypted drive has been corrupted, please try BitLocker data recovery software: M3 Data Recovery in Windows to recover data from corrupted BitLocker encrypted drive.

Step 3: After inserting the BitLocker encrypted drive, choose "Ignore" if you receive message "The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer with three buttons: Initialize, Ignore, Eject".

The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer

Step 4: Select the BitLocker encrypted drive and then click "Open" icon to continue.

Select BitLocker encrypted drive on Mac

Step 5: Enter the password (or recovery key) and click "Unlock" to unlock BitLocker encrypted drive.

Mount BitLocker encrypted drive on Mac

Step 6: After the BitLocker encrypted drive is unlocked, you can read or write BitLocker encrypted drive in Finder like a native drive.

open BitLocker encrypted drive on Mac

How to unlock BitLocker encrypted drive on your Linux

M3 BitLocker Loader for Linux is a command line tool which can unlock BitLocker encrypted drive in Linux or Ubuntu.

Tutorial to unlock BitLocker encrypted drive in Linux

Step 1: Download M3 BitLocker Loader for Linux installation package.

Step 2: Insert a BitLocker encrypted drive into your Linux computer.

Step 3: tar -xvf m3.bitlocker.linux.tar ./

Step 4: cd m3.bitlocker.linux

Step 5: ./install.sh

Step 6: Enter the command to unlock BitLocker drive in Linux: m3.BitLocker [device name] [mount path] [volume name] [password]