Windows 10: BitLocker questions

Discus and support BitLocker questions in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; I'm thinking of using BitLocker, but I need to know a few things first. 1. I use two partitions, one for the OS (and installed programs) and another... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by Amarildo, May 5, 2016.

  1. Amarildo Win User

    BitLocker questions


    I'm thinking of using BitLocker, but I need to know a few things first.

    1. I use two partitions, one for the OS (and installed programs) and another for Documents.

    2. I know that I'll have to format the OS drive and re-install Windows at some point in the future (leaving the D:\ drive encrypted). Will I still be able to mount the second partition (D:\) after re-installing Windows into C:\?

    3. I do NOT intent to use a USB stick and I DO NOT have a TMP module. The only thing protecting my data will be my passphrase.

    I have this concern because a friend of mine said he "lost ownership of the D drive" (encrypted) after formatting the C drive (which was also encrypted).

    :)
     
    Amarildo, May 5, 2016
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  2. Bitlocker TPM only authentication question

    Hi Bob,

    We have an available article where you can check for some information about your question with BitLocker. Please refer to this article:

    BitLocker frequently asked questions (FAQ).


    Regards.
     
    Marque Lor, May 5, 2016
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  3. BitLocker questions

    Hello Linton,

    Since the laptops are connected to a Domain environment. I suggest you to
    post your question in the Technet Forum, where we have support professionals who are well equipped with the knowledge on such issues.



    I suggest you to refer to the following link to reach out to them and post your query there:

    Technet forums - Windows 10 General

    Hope it helps.

    Thank You.
     
    Sayan_Ghosh, May 5, 2016
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  4. bro67 Win User

    BitLocker questions

    Yes you can lose ownership of a encrypted drive or folder when formatting and reloading those programs. The key is linked to a bit that gets loaded when you encrypt.

    I keep no important information on any hard drives. I keep them on a portable device and on a drive space on a provider, so that if something happens to the portable drive, I still have the other copy.
     
    bro67, May 5, 2016
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  5. Amarildo Win User
    So if I format C:\ I lose ownership of D:\ and cannot access it anymore? That's odd, because the MBR will be intact, and headers of the D partition as well. The hardware will also not change, so I don't see why I'd lose ownership of D:\ just by formatting C:\.
     
    Amarildo, May 5, 2016
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  6. bro67 Win User
    As I stated before, because Encryption programs set a bit for the key on the drive that the files are encrypted, you will lose access to them. Before formatting any drive, you have to unencrypt the files. This is a subject that has been around since encryption started to be used back in the CP/M and early DOS days.
     
    bro67, May 5, 2016
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  7. Amarildo Win User
    Which is OK because I don't mind losing the data at C:\ (the partition the will be formatted). I will not touch the D partition, I won't format it, it will be intact because I'll format only the C: partition.

    If formatting the C partition means I can't access the data at the D partiton (even though the D partition will be intact) then this is a serious design flaw on BitLocker.

    There seems to be a confusion here. I'm going to be working with two partitions on the same HD, and I will only format the first partition (the "C drive"). I'm not going to do FDE, I will encrypt the partitions separately. I don't mind losing data on C (the first partition) because backups of importante files will be stored in D (the second partition, which will be encrypted and will NOT be toutched by the formatting process). I've been doing this for 10 years on Linux and previous versions of Windows with TrueCrypt/VeraCrytpt and it always works, the partitions are encrypted independently of each other.
    Now, obviously, if I ever format the D partition (which is not the case), I expect to lose the data on it.

    If formatting the C partition means I can't access the data at the D partiton (even though the D partition will be intact) then this is a serious design flaw on BitLocker.
     
    Amarildo, May 5, 2016
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  8. Mystere Win User

    BitLocker questions

    Each drive has a Bitlocker Recovery key that you can print, or save to another disk. You must use this key if the structure of your disk changes, or as you mention, you reformat the primary disk. When you mount the drive in the new OS, it will be "locked" and you can use the recovery key to unlock it.
     
    Mystere, May 5, 2016
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  9. Amarildo Win User
    Thank you, that is exactly what I was looking for *Smile
     
    Amarildo, May 5, 2016
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  10. bro67 Win User
    It has nothing to do with the C:\ drive. I would suggest that you do some research on how Bit Locker works.
     
    bro67, Apr 5, 2018
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