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Recover data from BitLocker encrypted drive without recovery key?

I own a Dell laptop running Windows 10 with two partitions(C drive and D drive). I recently created a bootable USB with Windows 10 ISO using Rufus. I disabled Secure Boot and booted from the USB to install Windows on my C drive. After the installation, I found my D drive was locked and it asked for my BitLocker 48-digit key. The only other option was to load Key from USB. There was no Enter recovery key or More Options option like I have been seeing online. Needless to say, I do not have the recovery key, I never even knew about BitLocker before this. I tried to recover my key from the Microsoft account associated with Windows, enable my Secure Boot again and then reset the BIOS settings to default, and use a few Password recovery tools to no avail. How can I get my data back?

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iBoysoft author Jenny Zeng

Jenny Zeng

Answered on Monday, July 10, 2023

It seems that your Windows PC has BitLocker Device encryption automatically enabled when you log in to it with a Windows account. 

Usually, it won't ask you for the recovery key because it's automatically unlocked when you log in. But if you make changes to settings like Secure Boot, BitLocker will need the recovery key to authenticate your identity.

The BitLocker recovery key is a must to get back your data. In your case, the recovery key is most likely connected to your Windows account. 

If you have multiple Windows account, it's advisable to check each and every one of them in Microsoft's website.

If your PC was set up by another person, the recovery key is likely saved in his or her Windows account.

If your PC was signed into an organization with a work or school email account, the recovery key may be stored in the organization's Azure AD account related to your device.

After finding the BitLocker recovery key, you can unlock the drive with it to access your data.

If you can't unlock the BitLocker drive, download and install iBoysoft Data Recovery for Windows to unlock it. It's a professional data recovery tool that can recover data from BitLocker-encrypted drives on Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP and Windows Server 2019/2016/2012/2008/2003.

You can download it from the button below, then launch the app, select the "BitLocker Recovery" module and enter the recovery key to unlock it. After that, you can recover your data.

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