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External hard drive has to be opened from bitlocker

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    External hard drive has to be opened from bitlocker


    Dear Friends,
    I have a Toshiba external hard drive. When I viewed the photos on it accidentally my friend locked with bitlocker in my absence. He has no idea about the recovery key and password. He has given some hints for the password. But all failed. Can anyone help me out of this issue.

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    Hello Jenieragav, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    I'm afraid that if you have do not have the password or recovery key, then about the only option is to format the drive to be able to use it again. That's what BitLocker is designed for. No access with password or key.
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    If you use a microsoft account you can get the key from here bitlocker recovery keys

    Otherwise unless it is unlocking automatically there is nothing you can do except keep guessing.
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    Is there any idea to recover the important data before formatting?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jenieragav View Post
    Is there any idea to recover the important data before formatting?
    No chance at all. That is the whole point of it as Brink said.
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    Check what Adam posted to see if you may get lucky.

    If not, then sorry, but no since BitLocker is designed to prevent access with the password or key.
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    Thank you


    Oh. Thank god and dear friends. I have recovered the recovery key from my Microsoft Account. Thanks a lot.
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    Hai Brink and Adamf I come back with another issue that I could not set the automatic unlock in my device since I have no bitlocker in my Lap. Let me know what to do.
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    I don't have a non-pro version to test with but you could try

    manage-bde -autounlock -enable E:

    as described here BitLocker Recovery - Unlock a Drive in Windows 8 and let us know what happens. You have to change the E in red to whatever drive you want to auto unlock.
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