Windows 10: Can I use a thumb drive when asked for a Bitlocker Recovery Key?

Discus and support Can I use a thumb drive when asked for a Bitlocker Recovery Key? in Windows 10 Network and Sharing to solve the problem; Bitlocker offers the option to save the Recovery Key to a drive other than the encrypted drive. If I save the key to a thumb drive and later, for some... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Network and Sharing' started by Bazsl1, Aug 16, 2019.

  1. Bazsl1 Win User

    Can I use a thumb drive when asked for a Bitlocker Recovery Key?


    Bitlocker offers the option to save the Recovery Key to a drive other than the encrypted drive. If I save the key to a thumb drive and later, for some reason, I am prompted for the Recovery Key when I start my PC, can I simply insert the thumb drive instead of manually entering the Recovery Key? Thanks.

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    Bazsl1, Aug 16, 2019
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  2. pj04 Win User

    Asking for Bitlocker recovery key on login


    So I was playing with BIOS settings for reformatting my laptop and reinstalling Windows using bootable USB drive. I didn't succeed and I probably did something stupid. Now I'm not able to login into my laptop. It's asking me for bitlocker recovery key on both disabled and enabled settings of secure boot.

    On "Enabled" setting, it says "Bitlocker needs your recovery key to unlock your drive because Secure Boot policy has unexpectedly changed."

    Can I use a thumb drive when asked for a Bitlocker Recovery Key? [​IMG]


    On "Disabled" setting, it says "Bitlocker needs your recovery key to unlock your drive because Secure Boot has been disabled. Either Secure Boot must be re-enabled, or Bitlocker must be suspended for Windows to start normally."

    Can I use a thumb drive when asked for a Bitlocker Recovery Key? [​IMG]


    I don't have a recovery key. I don't remember setting one. I even searched for it in my Microsoft account. My device (ASUS X205TA) is listed but the recovery key is not.

    Note that I don't have any useful data in the laptop, so I'd be fine with reinstalling windows even if I loose all the data. I just want to be able to use my laptop again.
     
  3. recovery bitlocker blue screen

    Hi Rick,

    Please follow the suggestions below and check if you are able to boot to your desktop.

    • Places to look for your BitLocker key:
      • On a printout you saved. Look in places you keep important papers.
      • Saved on a USB flash drive. Plug the USB flash drive into your locked PC and follow the instructions. If you saved the key as a text file on the flash drive, use a different computer to read the text file.
      • In your Microsoft account. To get your recovery key, go to
        BitLocker Recovery Keys.

    • Or ask someone for help:
      • Ask someone with administrator privileges on the same PC to unlock it with their key.
      • If your PC is connected to a domain (usually a work or school computer), ask a system administrator for your recovery key

    Hope this helps in resolving the bitlocker recovery keys. Keep us posted on the bitlocker recovery key issues. We are happy to help!
     
    Joy Kemprai, Aug 16, 2019
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  4. Xylee Del Win User

    Can I use a thumb drive when asked for a Bitlocker Recovery Key?

    Xylee Del, Aug 16, 2019
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Can I use a thumb drive when asked for a Bitlocker Recovery Key?

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