How to unlock BitLocker drive in Windows 10, Mac or Linux?
How to unlock BitLocker drive in Windows 10
There are four solutions to unlock BitLocker drive in Windows 10:
Option 1: Unlock BitLocker drive in File Explorer
Step 1: Double-click BitLocker drive in My Computer or This PC.
Step 2: Enter the password to unlock BitLocker drive.
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?
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 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 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 drive in Windows 10/8/7.
Option 4: Unlock BitLocker drive with M3 BitLocker Recovery
If BitLocker drive has been corrupted, you can recover data from the corrupted BitLocker 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 drive, please follow below steps:
Step 1: Download, install and launch M3 BitLocker Recovery on your Windows computer.
Step 2: Select the BitLocker drive where you want to recover data.
Step 3: Enter the password or BitLocker recovery key.
Step 4: Scan the lost files from the BitLocker drive.
Step 5: After your files are found, select them and click "Recover" to start the recovery process.
How to unlock BitLocker 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 drive on your Mac.
Tutorial to unlock BitLocker drive on your Mac:
Step 1: Download, install and Launch M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac your Mac.
Step 2: Insert a BitLocker drive (USB drive, flash drive, external hard drive) into your Mac.
M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac requires a healthy BitLocker drive. If your BitLocker drive has been corrupted, please try BitLocker data recovery software: M3 Data Recovery in Windows to recover data from corrupted BitLocker drive.
Step 3: After inserting the BitLocker drive, choose "Ignore" if you receive message "The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer with three buttons: Initialize, Ignore, Eject".
Step 4: Select the BitLocker drive and then click "Open" icon to continue.
Step 5: Enter the password (or 48-digit BitLocker recovery key) and click "Unlock" to unlock BitLocker drive.
Step 6: After the BitLocker drive is unlocked, you can read or write BitLocker drive in Finder like a native drive.
How to unlock BitLocker drive on your Linux
M3 BitLocker Loader for Linux is a command line tool which can unlock BitLocker drive in Linux or Ubuntu.
Tutorial to unlock BitLocker drive in Linux
Step 1: Download M3 BitLocker Loader for Linux installation package.
Step 2: Insert a BitLocker 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]