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Solved External hard drive has to be opened from bitlocker

jenieragav

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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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Brink

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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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adamf

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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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adamf

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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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Brink

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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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    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    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
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    Thermaltake Core P3
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    Corsair Hydro H115i
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    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

Brink

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My Computer

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    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    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
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

adamf

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    ATI Radeon X1600
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ingber

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I am curious about a similar context: We have Thinkpad Carbon X1 PCs with TPM running Windows 8.1.1 x64 Pro. Our C: drives and our external D: drives are bitlocked using the TPM. We run nightly Acronis backup images and weekly Windows backup images of our C: drives onto our D: drives. The most current D: backups also are rsync'd across D: drives.

Say a C: drive on one PC crashes. I would like to use the most current D:-drive backup to restore this drive to the SSD.

Somehow the D: drive has to be able to be accessed by the USB Acronis media, but only after the D: drive is decrypted. How? Can the PC boot with a blank or hosed C: drive at least by opening an decrypted D: drive? Or, do I need to first install some WIndows version on the C: drive to be able to boot; or will a USB Windows recovery stick be sufficient to boot the PC and access the backups on the bitlocked D: drive?


If the above fails, I guess I could use the 2nd PC to restore the 1st PC to a new C: drive temporarily placed into the 2nd PC, using the current Acronis backup of the 1st PC on the 2nd PC's D: drive, using the bitlocker recovery keys? However, it should be easiest to directly boot and restore the affected PC only?

P.S.:
I think http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/21433-bitlocker-recovery-unlock-drive-windows-8-a.html answers my query.
 
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