Summary: Windows BitLocker To Go encrypted drives are unreadable in macOS. Here is the tutorial to open, access, read and write to BitLocker encrypted external hard drives, USB flash drives, SD cards and other removable devices on MacBook Pro/Air/iMac, etc.
BitLocker is, by design, a proprietary feature in Windows to encrypt an entire drive and protect your data against unauthorized changes. However, if you insert an external drive encrypted by BitLocker To Go to your Mac computer, you'll be prompted with "The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer".
What to do if you have to open the BitLocker encrypted drive on Mac? Is there any free BitLocker for Mac tools? Let's dive into the details.
Does BitLocker work on Mac?
By default, neither Apple nor Microsoft offers a method to open, read or write to BitLocker To Go encrypted drives in macOS or Mac OS X. If you check in Disk Utility, you'll find the BitLocker drive detected, but you cannot mount it manually.
As you have already known, an unmounted drive is inaccessible on Mac, and you are unable to view, edit, or transfer files on it.
Can you open BitLocker encrypted drives on Mac anyway?
Yes, you can have full access to a BitLocker encrypted drive on your Mac computer, conditionally.
At first, the BitLocker encrypted drive should be healthy. It's impossible to read or write to a drive if it is formatted, corrupted or even damaged physically.
Second, the password or the recovery key is a must to unlock the BitLocker encrypted drive, either on a Mac or on a Windows PC. Learn how to find the recovery key >>
Third, you need to install a BitLocker for Mac tool on your Mac computer to enable the access.
What is BitLocker for Mac software?
Generally, BitLocker for Mac software is a tool which can help you mount Windows BitLocker encrypted drives on Mac, bridging the gap between Windows and Mac while keeping data secure. It allows you to open, read and write to BitLocker encrypted drives, including external hard drives, USB flash drives, and SD cards, and also supports NTFS, exFAT or FAT32 file systems. With a BitLocker for Mac tool, you can feel free to share photos, videos, documents and other private files with friends or partners without hassle.
What's more, compared with free BitLocker for Mac software, some paid programs also enable you to secure a drive with Windows BitLocker encryption on Mac. That's to say, in addition to Apple's native encryption features - FileVault and APFS (encrypted), you have a third drive encryption choice on Mac, aka, BitLocker.
How to open BitLocker encrypted drives on Mac?
As mentioned above, to access a BitLocker encrypted drive on Mac, you should have:
1. The password or the recovery key of the BitLocker encrypted drive.
2. A BitLocker for Mac program to enable BitLocker read-write support on Mac, such as M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac.
After free downloading the BitLocker for Mac tool and installing it on your Mac, you can follow its tutorial to open BitLocker encrypted drives on Mac, or encrypt the drive with BitLocker through simple clicks.
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