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BitLocker Repair Tool - Recover Drive in Windows 7 and 8

How to Use BitLocker Repair Tool to Recover a Drive in Windows 7 and Windows 8
The BitLocker Repair Tool (Repair-bde) is a command-line tool included with Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7, Windows Server 2012, and Windows 8. This tool attempts to repair or decrypt a damaged BitLocker-encrypted volume using the supplied recovery information to reconstruct critical parts of the drive and salvage recoverable data to another volume.

This tutorial will show you how to use the BitLocker Repair Tool to recover your data from a damaged encrypted operating system (OS) drive, fixed data drive (ex: internal volume/drive), or removable data drive (ex: USB drive) in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

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


Note   Note

  • You must have at least one of the following for the BitLocker encrypted drive:
    • Password
    • Recovery key
    • Startup key .BEK file location
  • You will need to have an empty output volume (drive) of equal or larger size than the damaged BitLocker encrypted drive. The contents of the output volume will be completely deleted and overwritten by the decrypted contents of the damaged BitLocker drive.
warning   Warning
The BitLocker Repair Tool should only be used as a last resort when you were unable to decrypt or unlock the encrypted drive using either the password, recovery key, USB flash drive, or BitLocker Recovery.

Tip   Tip
If you were signed in to your Microsoft account when you encrypted a drive with BitLocker, then you can get your recovery key from your OneDrive at the link below.


Microsoft account: BitLocker recovery keys



EXAMPLE: Before and After using BitLocker Repair Tool
NOTE: In this example, the BitLocker encrypted drive is F: and the output volume is E: .

Computer_Before_BRT.jpg

Computer_After_BRT.jpg



Here's How:

1. Do step 2, 3, or 4 below depending on what you would like to do.


2. To Use the Password in Windows 8
NOTE: This option is only available in Windows 8, and would be for an OS drive, fixed data drive, or removable data drive that you have configured to be unlocked by a password.

A) Open an elevated command prompt.

B) In the elevated command prompt, type the command below, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

repair-bde F: E: -pw -F

Note   Note
For only items in red in the command above:

Substitute F for the drive letter of the Bitlocker encrypted drive. Not the last F.

Substitute E for the drive letter of the output volume you want to have the contents of the Bitlocker encrypted drive decrypted and copied to.





C) When prompted in the command prompt, type the recovery password for this encrypted drive, press Enter, and go to step 5 below.
NOTE: You will not see the password as you type it.

BRT_CMD_Password.jpg

3. To Use the Recovery Key in Windows 7 and 8
NOTE: This would be for an OS drive, fixed data drive, or removable data drive that you still have the recovery key either saved to your Microsoft account, saved to a file, saved to a USB flash drive, or printed.

A) Open an elevated command prompt.

B) In the elevated command prompt, type the command below, press Enter, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

repair-bde F: E: -rp BitLockerRecoveryKey -F


For example:

Code:
repair-bde [COLOR=#ff0000][B]F[/B][/COLOR]: [COLOR=#ff0000][B]E[/B][/COLOR]: -rp [COLOR=#ff0000][B]261173-522599-237072-583517-442068-316811-199375-623755[/B][/COLOR] -F

Note   Note
For only items in red in the command above:


Substitute F for the drive letter of the Bitlocker encrypted drive.

Substitute E for the drive letter of the output volume you want to have the contents of the Bitlocker encrypted drive decrypted and copied to.

Substitute BitLockerRecoveryKey for the actual 48 digit recovery key for the encrypted drive like below.

Saved to USB or File:

Recover_Key-1.jpg
Recover_Key-2.jpg

Saved to Microsoft account:

Recover_Key-3.jpg





BRT_CMD_Recovery_Key.jpg


4. To Use the Startup Key in Windows 7 and 8
NOTE: This would only be for an OS drive that you have configured to be unlocked by a USB flash drive.

A) Since you will not be able to boot from the OS drive, you will need to first connect it to another Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7, Windows Server 2012, or Windows 8 PC.

B) Open an elevated command prompt in the other PC.

C) In the elevated command prompt, type the command below, press Enter, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

repair-bde F: E: -rk I:\StartupKey.BEK -F


For example:

Code:
repair-bde [COLOR=#ff0000][B]Z[/B][/COLOR]: [COLOR=#ff0000][B]E[/B][/COLOR]: -rk [COLOR=#ff0000][B]I[/B][/COLOR]:\[COLOR=#ff0000][B]AFA58D77-94CD-4300-8009-68B36AE53276[/B][/COLOR].BEK -F

Note   Note
For only items in red in the command above:

Substitute F for the drive letter of the Bitlocker encrypted drive.

Substitute E for the drive letter of the output volume you want to have the contents of the Bitlocker encrypted drive decrypted and copied to.

Substitute I for the USB drive letter that the startup key has been saved or copied to.

Substitute StartupKey for the actual file name of the startup key for the encrypted drive like below. The BEK file (startup key) will be a hidden protected OS file.

Startup_Key_BEK.jpg






BRT_CMD_Startup_Key.jpg


5. When finally successfully finished, follow any given "ACTION REQUIRED" first. For example, to run chkdsk on the output volume before opening. (see screenshots below step 2, 3, and 3 above)

NOTE: The BitLocker Repair Tool may take a long time to finish, but you will still be able to use your PC during the recovery process. Just do not turn off the PC until it has finished.

6. You will now be able to open the output volume (ex: E) to view the decrypted files from the BitLocker encrypted drive (ex: F).



That's it,
Shawn


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It should be this below where C would be the drive letter for the encrypted drive, and D would be the drive letter to export to.

repair-bde C: D: -kp -F
 

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123

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Thanks. Yes, in my case that's:

repair-bde N: P: -kp -F

It throws the following error:

BitLocker Drive Encryption: Repair Tool version 6.3.9600
Copyright (C) 2013 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

LOG INFO: 0x00000002
The system cannot find the file specified.

ERROR: The file '-F' does not exist. Type a valid path to the key package.


When I've run the tool as previously posted it works fine as both:

repair-bde N: P: -pw -Force

Prompting me for the password above and also as.....

repair-bde N: P:

Both times result in the error/message I originally posted.....


Beginning scan for BitLocker metadata.

Scanning boot sectors for pointer to metadata: 100%
Scanning sector boundaries for metadata: 100%
Finished scanning for BitLocker metadata.

ERROR: The input volume has suffered damages to critical information related to
the decryption key. Please try the -KeyPackage option to specify a key package.
The volume may not be recoverable.
 

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Try this without the -F (force) switch.

repair-bde N: P: -kp
 

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123

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Thanks. It doesn't like that though......

C:\Windows\system32>repair-bde N: P: -kp

BitLocker Drive Encryption: Repair Tool version 6.3.9600
Copyright (C) 2013 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.


ERROR: Invalid syntax. Use "repair-bde -?" for correct usage.

C:\Windows\system32>repair-bde N: P: -kp
BitLocker Drive Encryption: Repair Tool version 6.3.9600
Copyright (C) 2013 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.




ERROR: Invalid syntax. Use "repair-bde -?" for correct usage.
 

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It's wanting the path of your exported key package after the -KP switch that you don't have.

You could format the drive to be able to use it again, but you will lose everything on it.
 

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123

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Thanks, yes really reluctant to format it. However, but the sounds on the Crucial forum (link in my original post), it doesn't sound good.

As described a few posts back I do have the recovery key for the drive, is there not a way to try and use this? What's the difference between the key (48 digit string) and the recovery package?
 

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Well, a recovery password (-RP) and recovery key (-RK) are different than a key package (-KP).

A RP is the one you see under step 3, and a RK is the startup key under step 4.

You would of needed to use this below to export a key package first to have a KP available to use.

https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/apps/jj647762
 

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123

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Thanks. I'm running the step 3 version now,.....have a feeling I did this the other night, but trying again. E.g. for me this is as the below, where the recovery password from my MS account take place of the x's:

repair-bde N: P: -rp XXXXXX-XXXXXX-XXXXXX-XXXXXX-XXXXXX-XXXXXX-XXXXXX-XXXXXX

Just think it's slightly inconsistent/confusing how RP (recovery PASSWORD) uses a recovery KEY and there's also an RK switch.
 

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123

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Yup, still end up with,.....

Scanning boot sectors for pointer to metadata: 100%
Scanning sector boundaries for metadata: 100%
Finished scanning for BitLocker metadata.

ERROR: The input volume has suffered damages to critical information related to
the decryption key. Please try the -KeyPackage option to specify a key package.
The volume may not be recoverable.

:zip:
 

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It's not looking good. :(
 

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123

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Oh and to top it all off now my C partition with Windows seems screwed! 0xc000021a error when booting, can't browse it when slaved off another machine. Fun :)
 

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123

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To follow up, after having the drive slaved and running some more checks with the repair utility, on putting the drive back into my laptop, Windows (on the C partition) then started to BSOD on boot. Tried various repairs and then have to give in......accepted data loss on the full drive and have started again. Really need to contact Crucial to understand if I can get a refund on this drive. Thanks again for all the help here. To any one else visiting these pages/posts suffering from Bitlocker issues - good luck ;)
 

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Thank you 123 for posting back with your results. I'm sorry that you had to start fresh and lose everything though.
 

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    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
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    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
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Rcreators

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Recovery tool is on 1% decryption from 5 hours.

Hello,

As per your steps, i put my External hard drive to recover data and then its just at 1% from 5 hours.

Screenshot_1.png

I am also not able to use both hard drive which are in process. One which have encrypted data and other in which i put it to recover.

Screenshot_2.png

Let me know what i suppose to do now. Should i wait for more hours or do i turn off it. I cannot wait 2 days on 1% mostly.
 

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Hello Rcreators, and welcome to Eight Forums. :)

It's best to wait until finished. If you interrupt the process, it will of course fail, and you risk permanently corrupting the data.
 

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    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
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    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
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    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
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    Linksys EA9500 router,
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    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
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Rcreators

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Hello Brink,

Thanks for the advice, i put it on for 16 hours and come up with 4 errors of bad sector and then process continue to 2%. Now i am again stuck at 3% from 8 hours. :-(
 

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It sounds like the drive may be in bad shape then, and may need replacing.

If you have a backup of the drive that you can restore to another drive, it may be best to format the bad drive, and test the health of it afterwards with something like SeaTools.
 

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    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
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    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
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    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
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    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
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    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
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    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
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    Lumia 1520 phone
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Rcreators

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Hello Brink,

Right now hard disk still in decryption 3%. Don't want to mess with it as it's my friend's hard drive which have his mother's all photos who passed away. And he is too dump that he was not aware of bitlock and using it while he don't have any backup of data. So hoping whether it take 3 - 4 days, at least it give some good news on it.

Hard drive is never formatted. So just like to know, is there any way if this process goes bad and still he get those data. He has no issue on spending money to get his mother's photos. Hard Drive is segat or WD 1TB USB Portable drive 6 - 8 month old. Its till in replacement but they don't going to give him backup. So trying to get things for him.

It will be great help if you can give some more guidance on it.
 

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If it fails to decrypt the drive, then the data on it may be a loss since BitLocker is designed to prevent access without the password or recovery key.

I only fear that if the drive is bad or failing, it may die before decrypting has finished. Hopefully it's only bad sectors slowing it down.
 

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    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
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    Logitech MX Master
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
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