How to open/access Bitlocker encrypted drive on macOS for free?
1. Free Bitlocker for Mac: Dislocker
Dislocker is a free tool which uses FUSE driver to open/access BitLocker encrypted volume on macOS/Linux. Dislocker is a tool to decrypt/unlock BitLocker encrypted volume from Linux or macOS developed by Romain Coltel. Dislocker uses a fuse based mechanism to decrypt the volume and mount it so that the user can access (read or write) the files within the volume.
Tutorial for how to use dislocker on macOS:
- 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 command tool, so it is very complex for general users who don't have technical knowledge, but there is alternative tool for dislocker: M3 Bitlocker Loader for Mac, it provides easy-to-use UI makes operations very simple.
2. Easy-to-use Bitlocker for Mac: M3 Bitlocker Loader
M3 Bitlocker Loader for Mac is a commercial tool for Mac users to open/access Bitlocker encrypted drive on macOS 10.14 Mojave/10.13 High Sierra/10.12 and Mac OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7 and read/write it.
Tutorial to access/open Bitlocker encrypted drive on Mac computer
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/mount Bitlocker encrypted volume.
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.
Tutorial to encrypt external drive with Bitlocker on macOS/Mac OS X
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.