Windows 10: My external drive has failed and it's locked with BitLocker

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  1. My external drive has failed and it's locked with BitLocker


    My external drive has failed mechanical problems and it's locked with BitLocker. The repair service provider is asking me for the 48 digit recovery key, but, I only have the password. How can I get the 48 digit key? I also have the disk ID

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    BelarminoCoutinho1, Dec 19, 2020
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  2. External Hard Drive Locked Automatically by Bitlocker

    I have a problem with my external hard drive. It appears that Bitlocker locked it without my knowledge. I have never even heard of Bitlocker before my File Explorer told me that the drive was locked by Bitlocker.

    I have no password because I did not set it up. As for the recovery key, I was able to retrieve it from my Microsoft Account. However, when I used it, Windows 10 did not accept the recovery key.

    How do I recover my files from my external hard drive?

    Thanks,

    Rob
     
    RobPanganiban, Dec 19, 2020
    #2
  3. File back up to bitlockered external drive

    Thanks John.

    By trial and error the solution is,

    • Set the file back up to the desired external USB drive, Back up using file history.
    • Run backup to completion.
    • Dismount, (Remove) the drive used.
    • Remount (Plug in) the drive used for the file back up (Steps 1&2) and encrypt using Bitlocker.
    Note you can only encrypt drives using some versions of Windows (Pro for eg not Home)

    • Once the external drive has been encrypted dismount.
    • Remount the drive, go to the file back up option, Open, Settings, Backup,
      Back up using file history
      .
    • The drive should now still be visible and has been encrypted.
    • Accessing the drive will be dependant on how it was set up in Bitlocker,
      Open with this PC, password, pin code
      etc.
    • Repeat file back up as in the first two steps.

    Hope this helps someone else.
     
    Martin Holme, Dec 19, 2020
    #3
  4. Nikhar_K Win User

    My external drive has failed and it's locked with BitLocker

    Remove BitLocker for external drive

    Hi,



    Thank you for writing to Microsoft Community Forums.



    We understand that you want to disable BitLocker for the external hard drive. However, we would like to know if you are able to access data from the external hard drive.



    In the meantime, you may refer the steps mentioned below to disable BitLocker:



    1. Type Command Prompt in the search bar on the
      Taskbar.
    2. Right click on the Command Prompt icon and select
      Run as administrator.
    3. Type manage-bde –off X: and hit
      Enter
      . (Replace X with the drive letter of the external hard drive)


    Meanwhile, you may also post your query in
    TechNet forums
    , where we have support professionals who are well equipped with the knowledge on BitLocker to address your query.



    Regards,

    Nikhar Khare

    Microsoft Community - Moderator
     
    Nikhar_K, Dec 19, 2020
    #4
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