Recover files & data from inaccessible BitLocker encrypted drive

Ever faced a situation where your Drive had become inaccessible after unlocking it with BitLocker? Recently I followed this tutorial to lock a drive using BitLocker on my system. Following the tutorial, I kept the recovery key as an important consideration. Everything went smooth but the issue occurred when I accidentally interrupted the process when the BitLocker was locking my drive, .

Drive inaccessible after unlocking BitLocker Encrypted Data

The issue become more complex when I tried to access the data inside the drive.

I received the following error message:

Drive Location Not Available. Access is denied


BitLocker Repair Tool

The BitLocker Repair Tool (Repair-bde) is a command-line tool included with Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and later. This tool can be used to access encrypted data on a severely damaged hard disk if the drive was encrypted by using BitLocker Drive Encryption. It is used especially for the extraction of data from under locked BitLocker drives.

Now here is what to do. First of all make sure that:

  • Your test computer has a BitLocker-protected drive (under locked drives can also be taken).
  • You must be able to provide administrative credentials.
  • You must have at least one of the following:
      1. Recovery password
      2. Recovery key file location
      3. Recovery package file location and the corresponding recovery password
      4. Recovery package file location and the corresponding recovery key file location
  • You must have an empty output volume of equal or larger size than the BitLocker-protected drive (whose contents will be completely overwritten after the repair operation).

Assumptions : Consider we’re talking of E: drive. We have to recover data from it and extract it to F: drive. We have a 48 digit recovery password i.e. 062612-026103-175593-225830-027357-086526-362263-513414. We are also assuming that we have the recovery key file located at F:\RecoveryKey.bek and recovery package location at F:\ExportedKeyPackage.

You have to modify above assumptions in accordance with your environment. Now open Command Prompt and run any one of the command in accordance with the recovery data you’re owning.

To repair using a recovery password:

repair-bde E: F: -rp 062612-026103-175593-225830-027357-086526-362263-513414


To repair using a recovery key:

repair-bde E: F: -rk F:\RecoveryKey.bek

To repair using a recovery package and the corresponding recovery password:

repair-bde E: F: -kp F:\ExportedKeyPackage -rp 062612-026103-175593-225830-027357-086526-362263-513414

To repair using a recovery package and the corresponding recovery key:

repair-bde E: F: -kp F:\ExportedKeyPackage -rk F:\RecoveryKey.bek

Once BitLocker verifies the command you have inserted and it will copy the data to output volume (F: drive in our case) from the encrypted one. Thus the data is recovered from under locked / interrupted on locking a drive through BitLocker.

Hope you find the article useful.

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An Electrical Engineer by profession, Kapil is a Microsoft MVP in Windows Experience expertise and a Microsoft Content Creator. Please read the entire post & the comments first & create a system restore point before making any changes to your system.
  • Princess Emark Velly

    i dont have another drive equal to that one xo please how do i unlock it directly?

  • Tim

    You can use M3 Bitlocker Recovery free to unlock it.

  • deepak

    i for got my bit locker recvery key. how to get the bit locker recovery key

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Go to BitLocker Drive Encryption section in Control Panel, click on Back up recovery key link there for the drive having encryption, this will provide you the options to get your recovery key. You can also save the same to your Microsoft account.

  • deepak

    when i trying to open the drive it shows two option
    1.get the key from usb flash drive
    2. type the recovery key

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ You don’t have to open drive, instead you have to go drive management settings for BitLocker, read previous comment once again!

  • deepak

    i didn’t find drive management settings for bit locker
    can u give the full details to me.
    i have very important data in that external hard disk.

  • fahad

    hey bro I have my drive locked by bitlocker encryprytion not completed just 4% I have password but pc hangs please help me

  • Flavia Dorneles

    Is there someway I can convert a .BEK file to recovery numbers format? Like 288209-513086-417508-646412-162954-590672-167552-664563

  • fahad zeeshan

    this software only recovers 1 gb of data after that it requires a key if u have it canu please provide i am too much in problem i have mnay official data near about 100gb plz tell me the software and key please

  • Obaid Latif

    i uninstalled and also unlocked my drive (E) still files aere hidden ?? plz tell me

  • Linda Johnson

    I don’t know how to thank this resource!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am in process of recovery irreplaceable files. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Krist?ne

    And what to do if after overinstalation I have lost my key to Hard drive + I haven’t saved it any other place. Is there any possibility to open my hard disc?

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