[Solved] How to open/read/access Bitlocker encrypted USB drive on macOS or Mac OS X?

Updated by Admin to Bitlocker for Mac on June 7th, 2019

Summary: This article will show you how to open/read/access Bitlocker encrypted USB drive on Mac and how to remove Bitlocker encryption from USB drive on Mac.

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Bitlocker for 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 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.

Is Bitlocker supported on Mac?

The answer is Yes. Although Microsoft has not implemented Bitlocker for Mac version, but with the help of M3 Bitlocker Loader for Mac, Bitlocker is compatible with macOS and Mac OS X.

Read/write Bitlocker encrypted drive on Mac

M3 Bitlocker Loader for Mac can easily unlock Bitlocker encrypted drive (USB drive, flash drive, external hard drive, SD card, memory card, USB stick, memory stick, etc.) and then enable to read/write Bitlocker encrypted drive on 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 after providing the password or Bitlocker recovery key, whichever it is on Mac Mini, Mac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac or iMac Pro.

Encrypt drive with Bitlocker drive encryption on Mac

Besides to read/write Bitlocker encrypted drive on Mac, M3 Bitlocker Loader for Mac can also encrypt external drive (USB drive, flash drive, external hard drive, SD card, memory card, USB stick, memory stick, etc.) with bitlocker drive encryption on Mac, but it requires NTFS, FAT32 or exFAT file system.

How to open/access Bitlocker encrypted USB drive on Mac?

Following is the step-by-step tutorial to open, access, read, write Bitlocker encrypted USB drive on Mac computer:

Step 1: Download M3 Bitlocker Loader for Mac on the Mac computer.

Step 2: Double click the installation package and follow the wizard to complete the installation.

Step 3: Launch M3 Bitlocker Loader for Mac from Applications folder or launchpad.

Step 4: Insert a Bitlocker encrypted USB drive into Mac computer.

Launch M3 Bitlocker Loader for Mac

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 corrupted Bitlocker encrypted drive.

Step 5: After inserting Bitlocker encrypted USB drive into Mac computer, please choose "Ignore" if we receive message "The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer. There are three buttons: Initialize, Ignore, Eject".

The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer

Step 6: Select Bitlocker encrypted USB drive and then click "Open" icon to continue.

Select Bitlocker encrypted USB drive on Mac

Step 7: Enter the password (or Bitlocker recovery key) and click "Unlock" to unlock Bitlocker encrypted USB drive.

Mount Bitlocker encrypted USB drive on Mac

If we lost the password and Bitlocker recovery key, M3 Bitlocker Loader for Mac cannot break into Bitlocker encrypted USB drive, please refer to how to unlock Bitlocker drive without password and recovery key?

Step 8: After unlocking/mounting Bitlocker encrypted USB drive, Bitlocker encrypted USB drive will be automatically opened and then we can access Bitlocker encrypted USB flash drive like a Mac's native drive, such as read, write, copy, delete, edit, rename, etc.

Open/Access Bitlocker encrypted USB drive on Mac

The files will not be protected once they leave from Bitlocker encrypted USB drive and the files will be automatically encrypted after copying from Mac computer to Bitlocker encrypted USB drive.

Step 9: After reading/writing Bitlocker encrypted USB drive, please click "Lock" button in M3 Bitlocker Loader home window to lock Bitlocker encrypted USB drive.

Step 10: Click "Eject" button in M3 Bitlocker Loader home window to safely eject Bitlocker encrypted USB drive from Mac computer, please don't directly unplug Bitlocker encrypted USB drive in case of data loss, it is very important.

How to remove Bitlocker encryption from USB drive on Mac?

Although M3 Bitlocker Loader for Mac doesn't have function to remove/turn off Bitlocker drive encryption, but we can remove Bitlocker encryption from USB drive on Mac with following method:

Step 1: Back up the important data: Copy files out from Bitlocker encrypted USB drive through M3 Bitlocker Loader for Mac.

Step 2: Open Applications folder -> Utilities -> Disk Utility.

Step 3: Select Bitlocker encrypted USB drive from the left panel in Disk Utility.

Step 4: Click "Erase" on the top menu of Disk Utility and then remove Bitlocker encryption from USB drive.

Erase Bitlocker encrypted USB drive on Mac

How to format a Bitlocker encrypted USB drive?

For macOS

Step 1: Launch M3 Bitlocker Loader for Mac and then enter the password or Bitlocker recovery key to unlock Bitlocker encrypted USB drive.

Step 2: Back up the important data.

Step 3: Open Applications folder -> Utilities -> Disk Utility.

Step 4: Select Bitlocker encrypted USB drive from the left panel in Disk Utility.

Step 5: Click "Erase" on the top menu of Disk Utility and then format a Bitlocker encrypted USB drive on Mac.

For Windows

Step 1: Enter the password or Bitlocker recovery key to unlock Bitlocker encrypted USB drive on Windows.

Step 2: Back up the important data.

Step 3: Right click Bitlocker encrypted USB drive in My Computer (This PC) or Disk Management and then select "Format" to format a Bitlocker encrypted USB drive on Windows.

Bitlocker for Linux/Ubuntu

M3 Bitlocker Loader for Linux is a command line tool to encrypt USB drive, flash drive or external hard drive with Bitlocker and open/access Bitlocker encrypted USB drive in Linux/Ubuntu.

Tutorial to open/access Bitlocker encrypted USB drive in Linux

Step 1: Download M3 Bitlocker Loader for Linux installation package.

Step 2: Insert Bitlocker encrypted USB drive into 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 open/access Bitlocker encrypted USB drive in Linux: m3.bitlocker [device name] [mount path] [volume name] [password]

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 drive, USB flash drive or external hard drive is protected by Bitlocker in Windows 10/8/7 Home and Windows 7 Professional.

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