Recover Data of BitLocker Encrypted Drive in Windows 8

In this article we explain how to recover data of a BitLocker Encrypted Drive in Windows 8

Introduction

BitLocker is a security tool in Microsoft Windows to protect data in your drive from unauthorized users. The BitLocker tool was first introduced with Windows Vista and is available with Windows 7 and Windows 8. BitLocker provides password protection to unlock a drive. But sometimes we encounter a problem with a BitLocker drive after unlocking the drive. When we try to access the drive then the drive is not accessible and instead displays the message "E:\ is not accessible. Access is denied ". This type of problem occurs because your BitLocker drive has been Encrypted. In this situation if you want to get your you data then you must repair your BitLocker drive.

To repair a BitLocker drive we use the "BitLocker repeair-bde" command line tool. The BitLocker repair-bde tool only works in Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. You can use this tool to repair a drive and then you can easily access your data. To use this tool you must have at least one of the following:

  • Recovery password
  • Recovery key file location
  • Recovery package file location and the corresponding recovery password
  • Recovery package file location and the corresponding recovery key file location

Go to the search box and type "cmd" and run the command prompt as Administrator.

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Repair BitLocker drive using recovery password

Enter the following command in the command prompt and press Enter. In this command "E" is the Bitlocker drive and "D" is a local drive for where to extract the data from the encrypted BitLocker drive. Here "062502-073108-275583-225030-023357-082526-362223-517414" is the recovery password that was created when you enabled BitLocker on the "E" drive.

repair-bde E: D: -rp 062502-073108-275583-225030-023357-082526-362223-517414

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Repair BitLocker drive using recovery key

Here " F:\YourRecoveryKey.bek" is the recovery key location.

repair-bde E: D: -rk F:\YourRecoveryKey.bek

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Repair using Recovery package file location and the corresponding recovery password

repair-bde E: D: -kp F:\ExportedKeyPackage -rp 062502-073108-275583-225030-023357-082526-362223-517414

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Repair using Recovery package file location and the corresponding recovery key file location

repair-bde E: D: -kp F:\ExportedKeyPackage -rk F:\YourRecoveryKey.bek

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