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How to Check BitLocker Status of Drive in Windows 7 and Windows 8

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BitLocker Drive Encryption provides protection for operating system drives, fixed data drives, and removable data drives that are lost or stolen. BitLocker does this by encrypting the contents of drives and requiring users to authenticate their credentials to be able to access the information. Encrypting the entire Windows operating system drive on the hard disk encrypts all user files and system files on the OS drive, including the swap (page) files and hibernation files.

This tutorial will show you how to quickly check the BitLocker status of drives on the computer to see whether or not they are BitLocker protected in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

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The manage-bde -status command provides the following information about a drive on the computer:

Here's How:

1. Open an elevated command prompt in Windows 7 or Windows 8.

2. In the elevated command prompt, type the command below, and press Enter.

NOTE: Substitute (Drive Letter) in the command below with the drive letter that you want to check the BitLocker status of.

manage-bde -status (Drive Letter):

For example: I would type this below exactly if I wanted to check the BitLocker status of my C: drive.

manage-bde -status C:

3. When finished, you can close the elevated command prompt if you like.

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That's it,