How to open BitLocker encrypted drive on Mac for free?
Microsoft only released BitLocker for Windows version and has not implemented BitLocker for Mac version, so macOS cannot recognize BitLocker encrypted drive. However, with the help of the following solutions, you can open BitLocker encrypted drive on Mac for free.
Option 1: Dislocker
Dislocker is a free BitLocker for Mac software which uses FUSE driver to access BitLocker encrypted drive on macOS/Linux. Dislocker is a free tool to decrypt/unlock BitLocker encrypted drive from Linux or macOS developed by Romain Coltel. Dislocker uses a fuse based mechanism to decrypt the BitLocker encrypted drive and mount it so that the user can access (read or write) the files within the volume.
Dislocker is doing all the hard work because it is a command line program designed to be used by IT professionals to perform data recovery/management, not so much for end users. I think we can agree that it is terrible user experience for end users to have to open terminal and run a bunch of commands to open their BitLocker encrypted drive on Mac.
Tutorial for how to use dislocker on macOS/Mac OS X:
- Headers for FUSE;
- Headers for PolarSSL;
- A partition encrypted with BitLocker, from Windows Vista, 7, 8 or 10.
aptitude install libfuse-dev libpolarssl-dev
yum install fuse-devel polarssl-devel
First thing to do is to cd into the src/ directory. Then, just install Homebrew (http://brew.sh/) and run the
$ brew install dislocker.rb
This will install dislocker.
Once installed, see dislocker(1) for details on how to use it, refer to dislocker documentation.
Dislocker is a free command tool, so it is very complex for general users who don't have technical knowledge, but there is a dislocker alternative: M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac, it provides easy-to-use UI makes the operations very simple and easy.
Option 2: Install Windows and Boot Camp
With Boot Camp, you can install Windows 10 on your Mac and then switch between Mac and Windows to access your BitLocker encrypted drive for free.
Although it is a free way to open BitLocker encrypted drive, but it is a time-consuming job and not very simple, is there a easy way to access BitLocker encrypetd drive on Mac? Of course, please read on...
Option 3: M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac
M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac is a simple and easy-to-use tool which is designed to unlock BitLocker encrypted drive and enable to read/write BitLocker encrypted drive on macOS 11/10.15/10.14/10.13. Compared with the above two solutions, M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac is very easy and simple-to-use.
Is there a M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac free version? No. M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac is a paid software because its UI is very easy and simple-to-use and has stable functions, don't need to worry about data loss, check its review... but M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac provide a trial version for everyone to test before purchasing.
Even so, how to open BitLocker encrypted drive on Mac with M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac?
Step 1: Download, install and launch M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac on Mac computer.
Step 2: Insert a BitLocker encrypted drive: External hard drive or USB flash drive.
Step 3: Select BitLocker encrypted drive and then click "Unlock" icon to continue.
Step 4: Enter the password (or 48-digit BitLocker recovery key) and then click "Unlock" to open BitLocker encrypted drive.
Step 5: After BitLocker encrypted drive is mounted, you can drectly operate this mounted BitLocker encrypted drive as a normal drive, like copy, delete, edit, modify.
M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac has encryption function? Yes, please follow below steps to encrypt external drive with BitLocker on your Mac Mini, Mac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac or iMac Pro:
Step 1: Download and install M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac.
Step 2: Insert an external drive (such as external hard drive, USB drive, flash drive) into Mac computer.
Step 3: Launch M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac.
Step 4: Click "Encrypt" button in toolbar.
Step 5: Select the partition which you want to encrypt and click Encrypt.
Step 6: Enter the password.
Step 7: Save the recovery key.
Step 8: Complete BitLocker drive encryption.
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