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Lost the recovery key for BitLocker but..

  1. #1


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    Windows 7

    Lost the recovery key for BitLocker but..


    I lost my recovery key completely but I still have the password. Is there any way I can reach the recovery key without changing the password? (since I'm facing problems accessing it anyway and the solution requires a recovery key not a password)

    Thanks in advance for any help.

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    Hello Margla, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You should still be able to unlock or recover a BitLocker drive with the BitLocker password.

    BitLocker Recovery - Unlock a Drive in Windows 8

    BitLocker Repair Tool - Recover Drive in Windows 7 and 8

    BitLocker Drive Encryption - Unlock a Locked Data or Removable Drive - Windows 7 Help Forums
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    Yeah but it freezes once I enter in the right password so I was going to use the bcd-repair command but I'm using Windows 7. I read that bcd-repair+password only works in Windows 8. So I need the recovery key to use another bcd-repair method that's applicable to win7.

    If you're wondering why, my computer crashed during the encryption process and now I can't access the drive (external hdd that has an os).
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    Since it crashed during the encryption process, you'll most likely need to format the hard drive instead.
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    How about installing Windows 8 and using bcd-repair and the password (of the encrypted drive) to repair it/move files to another partition?
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    You could try, but I don't think it's going to work since it was interrupted and didn't complete the encryption process.
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    Bro please tell me if you know ANY other solution in case this fails. That's 500gb of data, it's literally my life and it happened to do this on the same day my backup was moved. Am I SOL or is there a solution with even a very slight chance of luck? ANY?
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    I'm not aware of anything that may work since BitLocker was interrupted by a crash. When this happens, it's never good.
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    Thanks anyway man.

    Also time to do some suings lel.
    Last edited by Brink; 09 Apr 2015 at 15:17. Reason: removed broken image
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  10. #10


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    Yep, but I never trust anything to work as it should when it comes to a sudden power loss.
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