How to Resize/Move/Clone BitLocker Partition on Windows 10 Without Decryption
Scenario: How can I resize BitLocker partitions?
"Hi All, I have a drive with all BitLocker partitions. I have upgraded my drive with a bigger one and now I need to resize the first partition (OS). There is free space at the end of my disc, so I can extend the last BitLocker partition, but I need to resize the first one, and isn't possible.
I started the GParted CD but it can't move BitLocker partitions. Do you have any suggestion to resize the first partition without disabling BitLocker (also with commercial software if needed)? Thanks!" - A user from the Microsoft website
Windows BitLocker can better protect the data in the computer by encrypting all data stored on the Windows operating system volume. BitLocker uses TPM (Trusted Platform Module) to help protect the Windows operating system and user data and to help ensure that the computer cannot be tampered with even if it is unattended, lost, or stolen.
However, many users have the same problem as the one above, which is that you can't resize BitLocker encrypted partition with a regular disk management tool. Then, how to resize, shrink, and even clone the BitLocker partition without decryption? Let's discuss it together here.
To shrink or extend the BitLocker encrypted partition without disabling the protection, you can resort to an advanced partition manager - EaseUS Partition Master. Whether you want to resize the system BitLocker partition or a data BitLocker drive, you can use this partitioning software to make it effortlessly.
Follow the step-by-step guide below to learn how to shrink or extend BitLocker partition with EaseUS partition manager.
Note: Before you can resize BitLocker partition, you need to unlock the encrypted drive first on the interface of EaseUS Partition Master.
Step 1. Select the Bitlocker partition and choose the "Unlock" option. Then, enter your password to unlock Bitlocker.
Step 2. Right-click the Bitlocker partition and select the "Resize/Move" option.
Step 3. Shrink or extend your Bitlocker by dragging your mouse towards the unallocated space
Step 4. Click Execute Operation and the "Proceed" button to start partitioning or resizing the Bitlocker drive.
If you also want to clone BitLocker partition to SSD or a bigger HDD, keep using EaseUS Partition Master to troubleshoot. It allows you to clone a larger HDD to a smaller SSD, clone SD card, and clone system reserved partition.
Take the guides to clone BitLocker partition in Windows 10/8/7.
Step 1. Right-click the Bitlocker partition and choose the "Clone" option.
Step 2. Select the destination partition and click "Next".
Step 3. You can see a warning window, click "Continute".
Step 4. Click the "Proceed" button to start cloning the Bitlocker partition.
Wrap Things Up
After reading this article, you will see how easy it is to resize BitLocker partition without decryption by using EaseUS Partition Master.
EaseUS disk management software has a complete range of partitioning features to optimize your hard drive for greater computer performance.
- Resize/move partitions, create, format, delete, and merge partitions.
- Copy and clone an entire disk to another even the target partition is smaller than the source.
- Convert a logical partition to primary or primary partition to logical, FAT to NTFS partition, MBR disk to GPT, or GPT disk to MBR.
- Completely wipe out all the data on the hard disk to prevent information from being leaked or recovered.
- Migrate OS to SSD to speed up Windows without reinstalling.
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