How to recover data from formatted BitLocker encrypted drive?

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

BitLocker encryption provides a full partition encryption feature included with Windows Vista, 7, 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, accessing BitLocker encrypted drive needs the password or 48-digit recovery key to decrypt this partition before data recovery. These core data is stored in BitLocker metadata. As a result, whether you can successfully recover files from BitLocker encrypted drive depends on the condition of the BitLocker metadata.

Note: You will be unable to recover data from BitLocker encrypted drive that is formatted because the BitLocker metadata was modified or corrupted.

Can I recover files from formatted BitLocker encrypted drive?

The answer is No and Yes. You must be wondering why we would say that. Actually, many data recovery software in the market, which claims they can recover data from BitLocker encrypted drive, means they can recover deleted/lost files from BitLocker encrypted drive. Of course, you need to provide the correct password or recovery key.

However, when you format a BitLocker encrypted drive on Windows Vista, 7, 8, and later, the system will erase BitLocker metadata. In this situation, we are unable to unlock BitLocker encrypted drive. That's the reason why we said you can't recover data from formatted BitLocker encrypted drive.

Then why we said Yes? It's because only formatting through Windows OS built-in utility will erase the BitLocker metadata. That's to say, if you format your drive or partition with third-party software like partition master, it is possible for you to recover data from formatted BitLocker encrypted partitions with BitLocker data recovery software.

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 BitLocker encrypted drive. Moreover, it also can recover files from inaccessible, corrupted, deleted or lost BitLocker encrypted partitions. Data recovery when BitLocker drive encryption is failed, stuck, interrupted, frozen, etc. can also be realized by this software.

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 decrypt data on this 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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