How to Recover Formatted BitLocker Encrypted Hard Drive

Jean Updated on Jun 28, 2019 to Data Recovery | How-to Articles

Summary

BitLocker recovery tutorial guide aims to recover data from BitLocker encrypted hard drive. EaseUS hard drive recovery tool also supports to recover hard drive, memory card, USB flash drive, pen drive data. Download this recovery tool to recover data from BitLocker encrypted hard drive now.

BitLocker Drive Encryption is a data protection feature and integrates with the operating system. It is designed to safeguard data by providing encryption for entire volumes. One can avoid data theft and crucial data leak with the help of BitLocker. No one except the owner himself has the decryption code.

It provides the most protection when used with a Trusted Platform Module (TPM). The TPM is a hardware component installed in many newer computers. It works with BitLocker to help protect user data and to ensure that a computer has not been tampered with while the system was offline. You can use BitLocker without a TPM chip by using software-based encryption, but it requires some extra steps for additional authentication.

Why You Lost Data from Bitlocker HDD

At the time BitLocker protects data from being stolen or exposed to others, it's prone to lose data, too. Here are some common examples:

  • Mistakenly deleted files from BitLocker encrypted hard drive.
  • Deleted Bitlocker encrypted partition.
  • You formatted your hard drive and lost data.
  • Your hard drive was infected with a virus.
  • You hard drive corrupted and you cannot access it.

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How to Recover Data from BitLocker Encrypted Hard Drive 

Once your encrypted hard drive suffers from severe data loss, it's necessary to recover data with the best data recovery software. Decrypt your hard drive, and recover data with the disk drive data recovery software. Here are the reasons why you choose this data recovery software:

Easy Operation

The new interface makes it extremely easy to start a recovery session. You do not need to have the technical background to use it.

Wide Compatibility

It supports almost all Windows system such as Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP, and Windows Server 2019/2016/2012/2008/2003.

High Quality

This software promises high quality of data recovery. It can fully scan the drive and will not bring any damage to the original data. 

Now follow the steps to retrieve data from BitLocker encrypted hard drive: 

Notice:
Turn off BitLocker protection on the hard drive where you lost data. If it's still locked, you should see that there is a key lock on the drive in EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, and you will be asked to decrypt the locked partition to proceed.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Once you decrypt the BitLocker drive, it's ready to make changes without a password. Choose the hard drive and click Scan.

preview files and recover

Step 2. Next, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will start scanning the whole drive and looking for all the lost and deleted data on it.

scan the bitlocker hard drive

Step 3. In the scan results, choose the file(s) you wish to recover. You can preview the selected file by double-clicking on it, and then click Recover. Choose the other drive or external storage devices to save the recovered files, to avoid data overwriting.

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Extra Tips - How to Disable BitLocker Encryption

BitLocker can be disabled by the following modes:

1. Through Windows GUI mode

Ensure that you have administrator credentials to disable BitLocker encryption. Follow the steps given below to disable BitLocker encryption in GUI mode:

Step 1: Click Start > Control Panel > System and Security, and then click "BitLocker Drive Encryption".

Step 2: Look for the drive on which you want BitLocker Drive Encryption turned off, and click "Turn Off BitLocker".

A message will be displayed, stating that the drive will be decrypted and that decryption may take some time. 

Step 3: Click "Turn off BitLocker / Decrypt the drive" to turn off BitLocker on the drive.

2. Using Windows Powershell

Windows Power shell must be installed in your system. If not, download proper Windows Powershell version from Microsoft website.

Disable BitLocker for all volumes

Step 1: Open Windows Powershell in Administrator mode and execute the following commands:

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Step 2: Verify the decryption process.

Execute this command: 

Click to copy

Check decryption progress in "Volume Status" and "Encryption Percentage". These values must be "FullyDecrypted".

Disable BitLocker for a single volume

Step 1: Open Windows Powershell in Administrator mode and disable-BitLocker -MountPoint "C:"

Step 2: Verify the decryption process by executing the command:

Click to copy

Check decryption progress in "Volume Status" and "Encryption Percentage". The value must be "FullyDecrypted".

 
 

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Frequently Asked Qusetions

1. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

2. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

3. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

4. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files to better verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

5. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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