Windows 10: Cannot enable Bitlocker for USB drive

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  1. bendre Win User

    Cannot enable Bitlocker for USB drive


    Hi,


    I am using win10 enterprise 20h2.

    I am trying to enable protection for USB drives through the settings that make a drive read only if not encrypted by Bitlocker. This is supposed to offer a pop-up to enable Bitlocker for the drive if you're an administrator on the machine.

    Since this didn't happen I tried to turn on bitlocker manually, but doing the right click-enable bitlocker gives me "Can't encrypt the drive. Access is denied."
    Using manage-bde in an administrative command prompt also gives me "ERROR: An attempt to access a required resource was denied. Check that you have administrative rights on the computer."


    Now perhaps some other applied policies or bitlocker settings may conflict but not sure where to begin. Google sorry,, bing... didn't really give me useful information.


    Anyone has an idea what may cause this?

    :)
     
    bendre, Apr 21, 2021
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  2. Clone Bitlocker enable drive to SSD

    Keitaro

    My name is Andre Da Costa; an Independent Consultant, Windows Insider MVP and Windows & Devices for IT MVP. I'm here to help you with your problem.

    Heed the advice of the software, you must disable BitLocker before cloning. This is highly recommend if you ever want to get access to the drive.

    There is nothing wrong with having to re-enable it after restoring the clone.

    Step 1: disable BitLocker.

    Step 2: clone drive

    Step 3: restore the cloned image to the new drive.

    Step 4: Re-Enable BitLocker.
     
    Andre for Directly, Apr 21, 2021
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  3. rda62 Win User
    How to enable Bitlocker for Fixed Drives?

    Hi All,

    I'm on Windows 10 Pro, Bitlocker (without TPM) is enabled and working for Removable drives, as well as the OS Drive.

    I have an additional 2TB internal SATA drive that Bitlocker does not see. I do not get the option to enable Bitlocker, in the right click context menu for the drive.

    If I go to Manage Bitlocker, the drive is not listed as a fixed data drive. It's not listed at all.

    There is nothing wrong with the drive itself. In its current unencrypted state, I have data stored on it, and can access, read and write to all of the drives contents.

    I've checked through the bitlocker group policy options, and I've googled this to death. Any help, short of a format/reload would be greatly appreciated.
     
    rda62, Apr 21, 2021
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  4. Cannot enable Bitlocker for USB drive

    BitLocker won't enable on Windows 10 after update on Aug 9

    Hi Brenda,

    I would be happy to assist you.

    Before I assist you I would like to know the information below,


    • Do you have a Windows 10 copy of the operating system?

    I suggest you check whether the Bit locker is ON or OFF using the steps below.

    Can you verify if BitLocker is enabled or disabled on your device? You can Enable/disable BitLocker by going to Desktop and follow these steps:


    • Swipe Right to Left to bring up the Charm.

    • Choose Settings.

    • Choose Control Panel.

    • Select BitLocker Drive Encryption.

    • Verify whether BitLocker is on or off on each device.
    Also I suggest you to enable the WinRE so that you can enter the bit locker key and proceed.

    When WinRE is disabled, you cannot enable BitLocker, and you receive an error message that resembles the following.

    This PC doesn't support entering a BitLocker recovery password during startup. Ask your administrator to configure Windows Recovery Environment so that you can use BitLocker.

    The solution would be to manually enable the windows recovery environment:


    • Copying the winre.wim file from c:\windows\system32\recovery\ to a folder on a recovery partition. (The partition need to have a drive letter at this point.)

    • Set the RE Image path. Example: reagentc /setreimage /path r:\recovery\windowsre

    • Enable RE with command: reagentc /enable

    • (You may remove the drive letter for the recovery partition after you have done this.)

    • Bit locker will be enabled.
    If the issue still persists, suggest you to post your query on the below link.

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831507(v=ws.11).aspx

    Hope this information was helpful and do let us know if you need further assistance. We will be glad to assist.

    Thank you.
     
    Vidyashree_C, Apr 21, 2021
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