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How to Find BitLocker Recovery Key And Do BitLocker Recovery?

Updated on Monday, December 5, 2022

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How to Find BitLocker Recovery Key And Do BitLocker Recovery?

Summary: This post tells you how to find the BitLocker recovery key in six simple ways. If you have suffered data loss from BitLocker encrypted drive, free download iBoysoft BitLocker Recovery to recover data now.

BitLocker recovery key

Table of Contents:

What is BitLocker

BitLocker is a full-disk encryption feature included with selected editions of Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10. It is designed to protect data by providing encryption for the entire volume. You can encrypt a USB drive with BitLocker to avoid leaking important files.

What is BitLocker recovery key?

A BitLocker recovery key, aka Microsoft recovery key or Windows recovery key, is a special key that was automatically generated when setting up BitLocker drive encryption on the specific drive.

BitLocker recovery key is stored in a .BEK file named like BitLocker Recovery Key 444C8E16-45E7-4F23-96CE-3B3FA04D2189.BEK as below:

BitLocker recovery key

BitLocker recovery key format: 419595-387156-44334-315590-197472-399399-320562-361383

The BitLocker recovery key is used to unlock your BitLocker encrypted drive when you forget the BitLocker password or the BitLocker password is not working.

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Where and how to find BitLocker recovery key?

Microsoft's BitLocker drive encryption always forces you to save a BitLocker recovery key when you set it up. You might have stored it online with a Microsoft account, saved it to a USB drive, saved it to a file, or printed that recovery key, etc. Therefore, you can find the recovery key in different ways.

How to find BitLocker recovery key? Refer to the following six ways:

  1. Find the BitLocker recovery key in the Microsoft account
  2. Find the BitLocker recovery key in a USB flash drive
  3. Find the BitLocker recovery key in a txt file
  4. Find the BitLocker recovery key in a document
  5. Find the BitLocker recovery key in Active Directory
  6. Find the BitLocker recovery key in your Azure Active Directory account

Option 1: In your Microsoft account

To retrieve the recovery key that was stored online with a Microsoft account, visit the site:https://account.microsoft.com/devices/recoverykey (The previous page is http://windows.microsoft.com/recoverykey).

Sign in with your Microsoft account, and then you will see the recovery key.

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Option 2: Find the BitLocker recovery key on a USB flash drive

To find the BitLocker recovery key, insert that USB flash drive into your computer and view it.

BitLocker recovery key on a USB drive

Option 3: Find the BitLocker recovery key in a txt file

BitLocker recovery key may be saved as a txt file on your computer. If you have not deleted it, search BitLocker Recovery Key.txt on your computer.

BitLocker recovery key

If you have deleted that BitLocker Recovery Key.txt file, download free data recovery software: iBoysoft Data Recovery to scan your computer now to recover it.

Option 4: Find the BitLocker recovery key in a document

If you printed the BitLocker recovery key by "Microsoft Print to PDF", search for a pdf file on your computer.

Print BitLocker recovery key

If you have not found that pdf file by Windows search, download free data recovery software: iBoysoft Data Recovery to scan your computer now to get the lost pdf file back.

Option 5: Find the BitLocker recovery key in Active Directory

If you are a domain user, the BitLocker recovery key may be saved to Active Directory (AD), contact your administrator to get it.

BitLocker Recovery Password Viewer can locate and view the BitLocker recovery key that is stored in Active Directory (AD).

Tutorial to view BitLocker recovery key in Active Directory:

In Active Directory Users and Computers, locate and then click the container in which the computer is located. For example, click the Computers container.

Right-click the computer object, and then click Properties.

In the ComputerName Properties dialog box, click the BitLocker Recovery tab to view the BitLocker recovery keys that are associated with the particular computer.

Option 6: In your Azure Active Directory account

For work PCs where you sign in with an Azure Active Directory account, see the device info for your Microsoft Azure account and get the recovery key.

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Cannot find BitLocker recovery key, what to do?

If you cannot get the BitLocker recovery key with the above methods, read our article: How to unlock BitLocker encrypted drive without password and recovery key.

How to verify if the BitLocker recovery key is correct?

To verify if the BitLocker recovery key is correct, compare the start of the full BitLocker recovery key identifier with the recovery key ID value. See the below example:

BitLocker recovery key ID

BitLocker recovery key ID is a BitLocker recovery key identifier. If the BitLocker recovery key ID matches the one displayed on your drive, you can unlock that drive. 

If the BitLocker recovery key ID doesn't match the one displayed on your drive, the BitLocker recovery key doesn't match this drive and the drive cannot be unlocked. In that case, you need to find the correct BitLocker recovery key.

How to find BitLocker recovery key ID value?

For the BitLocker encrypted operating system volume, the BitLocker recovery key ID is displayed on the BitLocker recovery screen.

BitLocker recovery screen

For BitLocker encrypted data drive, the BitLocker recovery key ID is displayed when users click on "More options" and then on Enter recovery key in the wizard to unlock a BitLocker encrypted drive.

BitLocker recovery key ID

How to use BitLocker recovery key ID to unlock the drive?

BitLocker recovery key ID is just a BitLocker recovery key identifier, it cannot unlock the BitLocker encrypted drive. In this case, you still need to find the BitLocker recovery key according to the key ID.

How to get the BitLocker recovery key with key ID?

If you can find the BitLocker recovery key txt file or saved the BitLocker recovery key in your Microsoft account, AD, or Azure AD, you can find the correct BitLocker recovery key according to key ID. Otherwise, there is no way to get BitLocker recovery key.

What is BitLocker recovery?

BitLocker recovery is the process by which you can restore access to a BitLocker encrypted drive in the event that you cannot unlock that BitLocker encrypted drive normally.

If it is a BitLocker encrypted operating system drive, free download the BitLocker recovery boot disk to recover your data.

How to do BitLocker recovery?

Unlike common data recovery, BitLocker data recovery requires the intact BitLocker metadata and password or BitLocker recovery key to decrypt data.

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Sometimes, the password and BitLocker recovery key won't unlock the BitLocker encrypted drive. The most possible reason is the BitLocker-encrypted drive is corrupted. In this situation, a professional BitLocker recovery software is required.

iBoysoft BitLocker Recovery is a professional BitLocker data recovery software. It can recover data from a failed, corrupted, lost or deleted BitLocker-encrypted partition, etc. after supplying the password or recovery key.

Tutorial to recover data from BitLocker encrypted drive:

Step 1: Download, install and launch iBoysoft BitLocker Recovery on your Windows computer.

iBoysoft BitLocker Recovery

Step 2: Select BitLocker encrypted drive and click Next to continue.

Step 3: Enter the password or 48-digit BitLocker recovery key to decrypt data from BitLocker encrypted drive.

iBoysoft BitLocker Recovery - Enter the password or 48-digit BitLocker recovery key

Step 4: iBoysoft BitLocker Recovery is scanning and decrypting the data from the specific BitLocker encrypted drive.

Scan data from BitLocker encrypted drive

Step 5: After all your files are found, preview the documents, photos, or videos. You can play the videos or audio to see if they are recoverable.

File preview of iBoysoft BitLocker Recovery

Step 6: Select the needed files and click "Recover" to start the recovery.

If you find some recovered files cannot be opened, check the "Revert decryption" option under the Help menu and recover them again.

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How to find BitLocker recovery key FAQ

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If you are a domain user, contact your administrator to get BitLocker recovery key according to the recovery key ID.

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In this situation, BitLocker encrypted drive has been corrupted, try iBoysoft BitLocker Recovery to recover lost data.

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You may encounter an issue so that BitLocker asks for a recovery key every boot, for example, BitLocker sees a new device in the boot list or an attached external storage device, it will prompt for the recovery key for the security reasons.

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Boot order is changed. The hardware has been changed. The password information has been completely erased from the BitLocker metadata due to accidental unplugging, virus attack, etc.

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No, every BitLocker encrypted drive has its own unique BitLocker recovery key.

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