How to recover data from Bitlocker encrypted drive with M3 Bitlocker Recovery, M3 Data Recovery?

M3 Bitlocker Recovery and M3 Data Recovery are Bitlocker data recovery software which can recover deleted/lost files from Bitlocker encrypted drive, recover data from formatted, inaccessible, failed, corrupted, deleted or lost Bitlocker encrypted partition, recover data after Bitlocker drive encryption/decryption failed, etc.

Two preconditions for Bitlocker data recovery:

1. Bitlocker metadata must be intact: Bitlocker metadata was used to store the password and 48-digit recovery key when encrypting the drive with Bitlocker. In some situations, Bitlocker metadata has been corrupted so that lost data cannot be decrypted even if the users have correct password or 48-digit recovery key.

2. Have correct password or 48-digit recovery key: The password or 48-digit recovery key is used to decrypt data from Bitlocker encrypted drive after the password or 48-digit recovery key that the users enter matches the password or 48-digit recovery key stored in Bitlocker metadata.

Notes for Bitlocker data recovery:

1. If Bitlocker encrypted drive is physically failed/damaged, please send it to a local data recovery service for help.

2. If Bitlocker encrypted drive is accidently formatted in Windows 10/8/7/Vista, please download M3 Bitlocker Recovery or M3 Data Recovery to test before purchasing as Bitlocker metadata would be erased completely after formatting under Windows Vista/7/8/10. Once Bitlocker metadata is erased completely, there is no way to decrypt data from Bitlocker encrypted drive.

3. If the password or 48-digit recovery key is unknown or lost, M3 Bitlocker Recovery and M3 Data Recovery cannot help you to break into Bitlocker encrypted drive, please try the 3rd-party professional brute-force cracking tool according to this article: How to unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive without password or recovery key?.

4. If Bitlocker metadata is corrupted or completely erased, there is no way to decrypt data from Bitlocker encrypted drive.

How to check Bitlocker metadata integrity?

Bitlocker metadata: The password and recovery key will be stored in Bitlocker metadata on the Bitlocker encrypted volume after completing the encryption. In some situations, Bitlocker metadata is also currupted after Bitlocker drive encryption failed, so Bitlocker metadata must be intact before using M3 Bitlocker Recovery or M3 Data Recovery to recover data from Bitlocker encrypted drive, otherwise, no way to decrypt data from Bitlocker encrypted drive even if you have correct password or recovery key. However, how to check Bitlocker metadata integrity?

Step 1: Download M3 Data Recovery or M3 Bitlocker Recovery and then install them to try before purchasing.

Step 2: Launch M3 Data Recovery (Please select Bitlocker Recovery module if you install M3 Data Recovery) or M3 Bitlocker Recovery.

Step 3: Select Bitlocker encrypted partition where you lost the data and then click Next to continue.

Step 4: The program will ask you to enter the password or recovery key.

Step 5: The program verifies if the password or recovery key you entered matches the password or recovery key recorded in Bitlocker metadata.

At this step, if you receive "password is incorrect" or "recovery key is incorrect" error message as below if you are sure that you have entered the correct password or recovery key, it means Bitlocker metadata has been corrupted, please contact support@m3datarecovery.com for further analysis.

Incorrect recovery key

If you don't receive incorrect password or recovery key error message, the program will scan Bitlocker encryted drive and then extract data.

How to test if M3 Bitlocker Recovery (or M3 Data Recovery) can recover data from Bitlocker encrypted drive?

After lost data is found, M3 Bitlocker Recovery Trial allows to preview documents/photos, if the selected document/photo can be previewed, it can be recovered in full version.

Please right click the selected document/photo and then select "Preview" to preview the document/photo.

M3 Bitlocker Recovery to preview files

How to recover data from Bitlocker encrypted drive with M3 Bitlocker Recovery (or M3 Data Recovery)?

Tutorial to recover data from inaccessible Bitlocker encrypted drive or recover lost data from Bitlocker encrypted drive:

Step 1: Choose the Bitlocker encrypted partition where you want to recover data from.

M3 Bitlocker Recovery

Deep Scan option can find more files, but will take more time. If normal scan doesn't find your files, please check this option and try again.

Step 2: Enter the password or 48-digit recovery key.

Tips: Refer to what is a Bitlocker recovery key and how to find my lost Bitlocker recovery key?

M3 Bitlocker Recovery - Enter Bitlocker recovery key or encryption password

If the password or recovery key matches, M3 Bitlocker Recovery will automatically scan the BitLocker encrypted partition to locate any recoverable files and folders.

Step 3: Scan the lost files from Bitlocker encrypted drive.

Scan data from Bitlocker encrypted drive

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

Recover data from Bitlocker encrypted drive

Enable brute decryption: Please check this option and then try again when you find some recovered files are inaccessible.

Tutorial to recover data from deleted or lost Bitlocker encrypted drive

Step 1: Click "Find More Partitions" on home window.

Recover deleted or lost Bitlocker encrypted partition

If your Bitlocker encrypted drive are not detected by our software, we think your Bitlocker encrypted drive is lost, please check your Disk Management, if it has been become unallocated space, please use Lost Partition Recovery

Step 2: Choose the hard drive to scan lost or deleted Bitlocker encrypted drive.

Recover deleted or lost Bitlocker encrypted partition

Step 3: After deleted or lost Bitlocker encrypted partition is found, please select it.

Recover deleted or lost Bitlocker encrypted partition

Step 4: Enter the password or recovery key.

Recover deleted or lost Bitlocker encrypted partition

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

Recover deleted or lost Bitlocker encrypted partition

Data not found from Bitlocker encrypted drive using M3 Bitlocker Recovery or M3 Data Recovery

In this situation, the lost data cannot be decrypted from Bitlocker encrypted drive due to incorrect password, incorrect recovery key or other reasons, please contact support@m3datarecovery.com for further analysis.

The data recovered from Bitlocker encrypted drive cannot be opened using M3 Bitlocker Recovery (or M3 Data Recovery)

If you cannot open the recovered files with original file names, please try these solutions:

Solution 1: Please check "Enable brute decryption" option and try again.

Solution 2: Click "Find more partitions" (If you are using M3 Data Recovery, please choose Bitlocker Recovery module, then click Find More Partitions), select the whole hard disk and click Next to scan previously existing Bitlocker encrypted partition. After the scan completes, there would be several partitions found, please select the Bitlocker encrypted partition whose recovery status is Good and then extract data.

Solution 3: Contact support@m3datarecovery.com with detailed problem for further analysis.