How to recover data from formatted BitLocker encrypted drive?

By Katrina, Posted to Data Recovery on March 8th, 2018 |

BitLocker Drive Encryption provides a full disk encryption feature included with Windows Vista and later. With BitLocker, we can protect the entire partition or volume against theft, intruders and hackers. However, there can be lots of scenarios which can cause data loss or severe damage to our BitLocker encrypted partition. For example, mistakenly format BitLocker encrypted drive without doing any backup.

About BitLocker encrypted drive data recovery

Different from common data recovery, Data Recovery needs BitLocker password or 48-digit recovery key to decrypt data from BitLocker encrypted drive, which are stored in BitLocker metadata. So BitLocker encrypted drive data recovery depends on whether BitLocker metadata is intact or not.

Note: You will be unable to recover data from the formatted BitLocker encrypted drive which is formatted on Windows 7/8/10, and the partition table is modified or corrupted.

Common data recovery software supports formatted BitLocker encrypted drive data recovery?

The answer is NO. There are many data recovery software in the market which claim they can recover data from BitLocker encrypted drive. To be honest, they can only recover deleted/lost files from BitLocker encrypted drive when they can be unlocked.

When we format a BitLocker encrypted drive, Windows OS will erase BitLocker metadata. In this situation, we are unable to unlock BitLocker encrypted drive. Thus, common data recovery software can't recover data from formatted BitLocker encrypted drive.

Recover data from formatted BitLocker encrypted drive with professional Bitlocker data recovery software

iBoysoft Data Recovery is a professional Bitlocker data recovery software which can recover data from formatted, failed, inaccessible, corrupted, deleted or lost Bitlocker encrypted partition; recover data after Bitlocker drive encryption failed, stuck, interrupted, frozen, etc.

Tutorial to recover data from formatted BitLocker encrypted drive

Step 1: Download, install and launch iBoysoft Data Recovery on your Windows PC.

Step 2: Click BitLocker Data Recovery option at the upper right corner.

Recover data from formatted BitLocker encrypted drive

Step 3: The program will list all connected drives. Select the drive that contains the formatted BitLocker encrypted partition and then click Next. The Program will start scaning all BitLocker encrypted partitions on the selected drive.

Step 4: Choose the BitLocker partition you formatted and click Next. Then you need to input the password or recovery key to unlock the partition and click OK. The program will start scanning for all lost data on the formatted BitLocker encrypted partition.

Recover data from formatted BitLocker encrypted drive

Step 5: After the scanning process ends, you can preview the results. Then choose the files you want to get back and click the Recover button to get files back.

Recover data from BitLocker encrypted drive

Katrina

Katrina is a data recovery expert @iBoysoft who loves to help readers solve various data recovery problems.

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