What is BitLocker?

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.

BitLocker System Requirements

Windows operating systems and editions that support BitLocker Drive Encryption:

  • Windows Vista/7 (Ultimate, Enterprise)
  • Windows 10 (Pro, Enterprise, Edu)
  • Windows 11 (Pro, Enterprise, Edu)
  • Windows 8/8.1 (Pro, Enterprise)
  • Windows Server 2008 and later

To turn on BitLocker encryption in system drives, it requires a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip on your PC's motherboard.

BitLocker Password & BitLocker Recovery Key

The password and 48-digit recovery key 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.

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iBoysoft BitLocker Data Recovery Solution

iBoysoft BitLocker Recovery is top-class BitLocker data recovery software which helps you recover deleted or lost files from BitLocker encrypted drive.

Recover Deleted/Lost Files from BitLocker Encrypted Drives

Deleted files from BitLocker encrypted drives by mistake? Intentionally deleted a file but regret to do that later? This BitLocker data recovery tool can also help you recover deleted or lost photos, videos, documents, and music files from BitLocker encrypted drives, as long as the deleted files haven't been overwritten.

Recover Data from Formatted BitLocker Encrypted Drives

iBoysoft BitLocker data recovery software is able to recover 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 11/10/8/7/Vista, the BitLocker metadata of the drive has been erased too. This situation is beyond the ability of any BitLocker data recovery software or services.

Recover Data from Inaccessible/Corrupted BitLocker Encrypted Drives

iBoysoft BitLocker Recovery is able to recover data from inaccessible, failed, or corrupted BitLocker encrypted drives with ease.

Reasons of BitLocker encrypted drives corruption:

  • File system corruption
  • Operating system crashes
  • Virus attacks
  • Incorrect operation by people

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Recover Data from Deleted/Lost BitLocker Encrypted Partitions

Enhanced with advanced algorithm in searching for deleted or lost BitLocker encrypted partitions, iBoysoft BitLocker Recovery can scan the whole disk for the deleted or lost BitLocker encrypted partitions. Once it has been found, the data recovery process will be as easy as abc.

1. Install

2. Locate

3. Decrypt

4. Scan

5. Recover

Full Tutorial

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    Download and install iBoysoft BitLocker Recovery.

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    Choose the BitLocker encrypted drive and click Next to enter the password or 48-digit recovery key.

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    iBoysoft BitLocker Recovery is scanning the data.

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    Once the scan is completed, you will see the found files.

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    You can preview documents, photos and play videos, audio before recovering.

  • Launch iBoysoft BitLocker Recovery
  • Enter BitLocker password or recovery key
  • iBoysoft BitLocker Recovery is scanning data
  • View the scan results in iBoysoft BitLocker Recovery
  • Preview files in iBoysoft BitLocker Recovery
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Supported storage devices

Hard drive, external hard drive, USB drive, SD card, CF card, memory card, SanDisk card, memory stick, etc. (RAID is not included.)

System requirements

Supported OS: Windows 11/10/8/7/Vista/XP and Windows Server 2019/2016/2012/2008/2003

Supported file systems: FAT32, NTFS and exFAT

How to enable BitLocker encryption on Windows 11/10?

First, only Windows 11/10 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.

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