BitLocker is a full volume encryption feature included in Microsoft Windows since Vista. It's designed to encrypt an entire drive so as to prevent unauthorized access to your private data, as well as to protect your data on that device from changes or malicious uses. You can use BitLocker Drive Encryption to encrypt the internal hard drives of your PC and use BitLocker To Go to encrypt removable storage media, including USB flash drives, external hard drives, SD memory cards and much more.
Windows operating systems and editions that support BitLocker Drive Encryption:
To turn on BitLocker encryption in system drives, it requires a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip on your PC's motherboard.
Both are used to unlock BitLocker encrypted drives. If the password failed to unlock the encrypted drive, the recovery key could be your only option.
Each BitLocker partition has its unique recovery key. You can save it to your Microsoft account, a USB flash drive, a file or print it out on a paper.
iBoysoft Data Recovery is top-class BitLocker data recovery software which helps you recover deleted or lost data from BitLocker encrypted drives.
Deleted files from BitLocker encrypted drives by mistake? Intentionally deleted a file but regret to do that later? This undelete tool can also help you recover deleted photos, videos, documents, and music files from BitLocker encrypted drives, as long as the deleted files haven't been overwritten.
iBoysoft BitLocker data recovery software is able to recover lost data if the BitLocker encrypted drive was formatted in Windows XP or with a third-party formatting tool.
Note: If the BitLocker encrypted drive is formatted in Disk Management or Windows File Explorer on Windows 10/8/7/Vista, the metadata of the drive has been erased too. It is beyond the ability of any BitLocker data recovery software or services.
iBoysoft Data Recovery is able to recover lost data from inaccessible, unreadable, failed, or corrupted BitLocker encrypted drives with ease.
Reasons of BitLocker encrypted drives corruption:
Enhanced with advanced algorithm in searching for deleted or lost BitLocker encrypted partitions, iBoysoft Data Recovery can scan the whole disk for the missing BitLocker encrypted partitions. Once it has been found, the data recovery process will be as easy as abc.
Download and install iBoysoft Data Recovery.
Click BitLocker Data Recovery. All internal and connected external drives will be listed. Choose the drive with BitLocker encrypted partition and click Next.
Select the BitLocker encrypted partition. Enter its password or recovery key to decrypt data when asked.
The scanning process starts immediately.
Choose files you want to recover and click Recover.
Hard drive, external hard drive, USB drive, SD card, CF card, memory card, SanDisk card, memory stick, etc. (RAID is not included.)
Supported OS: Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP and Windows Server 2019/2016/2012/2008/2003
Supported file systems: FAT32, NTFS and exFAT
How to enable BitLocker encryption on Windows 10?
First, only Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions support BitLocker Drive Encryption. Second, if you want to encrypt the operating system drive, a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip on your PC's motherboard is required.
Then, you can follow the steps as below.
Step 1: Go to the Control Panel, locate the BitLocker Drive Encryption and click the link to Turn on BitLocker. You can also right click the drive you want to encrypt and choose Turn on BitLocker from the context menu.
Step 2: Follow the wizard to create a recovery password to unlock the drive.
Step 3: Choose a method to store your recovery key. You can save to your Microsoft account, save to a USB flash drive, save to a file, or print it out on a paper.
Step 4: Choose how you wish to encrypt your drive, used space only or the entire drive.
Step 5: Choose which encryption mode to use, new encryption mode or compatible mode.
Step 6: Click Start encrypting.
How to disable BitLocker encryption?
If you want to disable BitLocker encryption on your drive (either a system drive or a non-system drive), you need to firstly unlock it with a password or recovery key. Then, right click any BitLocker encrypted drive and choose Manage BitLocker, on the BitLocker control panel window, you can back up your recovery key, change/remove password, add smart card, turn on auto-unlock, or turn off BitLocker.
Can I unlock BitLocker without password and recovery key?
No, you can't. You can only unlock a BitLocker encrypted drive with the password or its corresponding recovery key.
What causes BitLocker to ask for the recovery key?
Normally, your device is automatically unlocked when you sign in the operating system with an authorized account. However, you will be prompted to enter the recovery key if:
1. You try to access the system by booting from a Windows 10 Setup drive or a Linux-based USB boot drive;
2. You have changed the motherboard so that the operating system doesn't recognize the TPM any longer.
If you are the administrator of an organization, say, a school, a company, etc., you can use a recovery key to access data on any device in the local network.
How do I know if BitLocker is enabled on my computer?
You can check in the File Explorer. If you see a lock icon besides a drive, then this drive is BitLocker encrypted.
Can I use my computer while BitLocker is encrypting?
Can I open/access a BitLocker encrypted drive on Mac?
By default, no. Neither Microsoft nor Apple offers a way to open a BitLocker encrypted drive on Mac computer. However, you can read and write to BitLocker encrypted drive with a BitLocker for Mac tool.