[Solved] How to open/access Bitlocker encrypted USB drive in macOS & Mac OS X?
I am a cross-platform user, I am sometimes required to use Windows but my OS of choice is Mac. I carry a lot of portable apps on my USB. To secure the data on my USB, such as passwords that are stored in portable browsers, I have enabled BitLocker encryption on the USB drive. However, I need to open Bitlocker encrypted USB drive on my Mac computer and then access the files from Bitlocker encrypted USB drive. How to do it?
Bitlocker for macOS & Mac OS X
BitLocker is a full disk encryption feature included with selected editions of Windows Vista and later. It is designed to protect data by providing encryption for entire volume. By default it uses the AES encryption algorithm in cipher block chaining (CBC) mode with a 128-bit or 256-bit key.
Although Microsoft has not implemented Bitlocker for Mac version, but M3 software has implemented it with the product called: M3 Bitlocker Loader for Mac.
With the help of M3 Bitlocker Loader for Mac, we can easily open/access Bitlocker encrypted USB drive (Such as USB external hard drive, USB flash drive, USB thumb drive, USB stick) and then read/write Bitlocker encrypted USB drive on Mac Mini, Mac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, iMac Pro with macOS Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13/10.12 and Mac OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7 Operating Systems.
Tutorial to open, access, read, write, mount Bitlocker encrypted USB drive on Mac
Following is the step-by-step tutorial to open, read, write, mount Bitlocker encrypted USB drive on Mac computer:
Step 1: Download, install and launch M3 Bitlocker Loader for Mac on the Mac computer.
Step 2: Insert a Bitlocker encrypted USB drive into Mac computer. M3 Bitlocker Loader for Mac requires a healthy Bitlocker encrypted drive. If your Bitlocker encrypted drive is corrupted, please try Bitlocker data recovery software: M3 Bitlocker Recovery in Windows to recover data from corrutped Bitlocker encrypted drive.
If we don't have the existing Bitlocker encrypted drive, please refer to How to encrypt USB flash drive with Bitlocker on Mac? to create a new Bitlocker encrypted drive.
Step 3: After inserting into Bitlocker encrypted USB drive, please choose "Ignore" if we receive message "The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer. There are three buttons: Initialize, Ignore, Eject".
Step 4: Select Bitlocker encrypted USB drive you want to open on Mac computer and then click "Open" icon to continue.
Step 5: Enter the password (or 48-digit recovery key) and click "Unlock" to unlock Bitlocker encrypted USB drive.
Step 6: After Bitlocker encrypted USB drive is unlocked and mounted, we can read/write Bitlocker encrypted USB drive in macOS & Mac OS X.
Bitlocker for Windows Home
M3 Bitlocker Loader for Windows is a free encryption software to create an encrypted container which is compatible with Bitlocker Drive Encryption so that the USB flash drive or external hard drive is protected by Bitlocker in Windows 10/8/7 Home and Windows 7 Professional.
Bitlocker for Linux/Ubuntu
M3 Bitlocker Loader for Linux is a command line tool to encrypt USB flash drive or external hard drive with Bitlocker, mount Bitlocker encrypted drive in read-write mode.