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Recover data from windows.old folder from a previously encrypted Bitlocker drive

Question: Recover data from windows.old folder from a previously encrypted Bitlocker drive

Hi folks,
Just came across a scenario for one of our customer.

Trying to recover data off a drive that is bitlocker encrypted. No recovery key available to get pass bitlocker and access the drive.
Please advise if I reinstall OS preserving the old data in windows.old folder; will I be able to get the access the windows.old folder afterwards to get the data off it.

Thanks in Advance

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Preferred Solution: Recover data from windows.old folder from a previously encrypted Bitlocker drive

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Hello Dears. I had encrypted my drive by Bitlocker in windows 7.
few days after my friend did quick format in my encrypted drive.
my 300 gb of data lost. and nothing saved
i remember unlock password.
how can i recover my data ??? i need my data
i tried drive recovering tools (advanced EFS data recovery, easeus . . ,) . but . . . it's encrypted and formatted drive.
can i undo quick format and decrypt ???
sorry my english is not good.
someone help me please.

Answer:Can i recover lost data from encrypted drive by Bitlocker

BitLocker is not the cause of failed to recover files.Format a drive will clear all data saved on the hard disk. Thus recovery formatted data will be a hard disk based technology but not related to operation system. There is no build-in data recovery feature in Windows operations. So we will needto use third party recovery tool or contact third party data recovery company for current issue.

As recovery missing data service will be expensive, we can also check emails and contact friends to see if that can help get a part of files back especially for photos, documents etc.

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I need advices about how can I solve my issue:

I have an external drive. I started the encryption drive with bitlocker, during encryption process,
the drive has been disconnected so I wasn?t able to continue the encryption process.

Now, the drive is partially encrypted. When I want to access the drive, I got the error message
?Encryption Failed to recover from an abruptly terminated conversion?.

I would like a procedure to recover the remaining data: encrypted and non encrypted

I used M3 Bitlocker Recovery but the tool freezes, I am currently trying TestDisk 7.0. Analysis
is in progress.

You'll find attached screenshots and detailed description of the situation.

I have the passwords & recovery keys

ps: I cant attach screenshots

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To install another operating system, I forced to resize my partitions.
I had a drive that was encrypted with bitlocker. After changing the drive and restart I noticed there were only two of the drives that on them Windows installed and another drives changed to free space.
Bitlocker encrypted drive was 100G and another drive 244G. Drives I converted to a drive then format it to restore my data. All the information was not encrypted, was returned but encrypted data was not returned even one bit. I changed the size of D to 200 GB again and after a lot of searching I found the repair-bde command.

this was result.
is there any solution to back my data?
please help

Answer:How to recover my data,encrypted by Bitlocker?(with this condition)

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

Please check this tutorial in the hope it will help you remove the Bitlocker drive encryption.

BitLocker Drive Encryption - Windows 7 Drive - Turn On or Off with no TPM

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Hi,
please help
how can I recover data from a damaged disk (not physically) of an external encrypted Bitlocer.
Description of the situation:

After connecting the drive - I can decipher it by typing the password - but when you try to open the contents of the report the message "format disk"
- the disk probably has some volume damaged - it has been disconnected from the computer (without being turned off)
What I have done so far:

Using the "Lazesoft" program - I managed to copy (of course after entering the password
on the damaged disk)
the content to another external disk (full - looking after size) but -
this data is encrypted (mainly ending with .ER)
I am asking for a hint:

whether the data that is on the new disk can somehow read (on this disk I can try) [or/and]how to create a damaged disk image to try on another disk [or/and]how to repair a damaged disk (as a last resort) - I am afraid of total data loss [or/and]what other program to use to copy data from a damaged disk
but decrypted
Thank you in advance for your help
Best Regards
S?awek

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Hello,
I accidently formatted one of my drives which was previously encrypted.
I tried some third party software as "recover my file" but it didn't work.
Later then, I experimented on a formatted (not encrypted before) usb drive to recover files by same software and it did work.
After that, I encrypted the usb drive and then formatted it. Then I tried to recover by same software, but it didn't work. So, it's apparent that it is not possible to recover from a encrypted and formatted drive by a usual recovery software. Is there any
other method that can help me.
Please inform, I'm in a dire need.
Thanks.

Answer:How can I recover files from a formatted drive which was encrypted by bitlocker.

Hi,


I suggest you contact the local data recovery company to recover the data. Thank you for your understanding.


Regards,

Vincent Wang
TechNet Community Support

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I just started using BitLocker on a Windows7 Computer and am confused about one specific aspect of recovering data drives. I have read through the tutorials on here but I can't seem to find anywhere that explicitly states if this is possible or not.

From this link: Regain access to a computer locked by BitLocker Drive Encryption

I see the statement that "To unlock the drive and regain access to your files, you will need the BitLocker recovery password. If you also encrypted data drives, you will need to have access to the drive that Windows is installed on as well."

My question is if my OS drive dies, will the data drives be recoverable with the password and/or recovery key?

I am not currently in such a situation but I would like to prepare for all possibilities. Since a TPM is needed to store the encryption keys on for the OS drive (I just ordered one but have not encrypted my OS drive yet), are the encryption keys for the data drives are stored on the OS drive itself and this is the issue?

Most of the things I find on Google when trying to search about this issue discuss recovering a data drive that is failing, not a data drive that is in good health but does not have access to the system drive. Can anyone say definitively if this is possible, or do I need to be prepared to lose all data on data drives if my system drive crashes?

Answer:BitLocker Encrypted Data Drive Recovery Question

Based upon what I have read, your data drives will be UNRECOVERABLE if your OS drive dies. I would consider setting up a RAID 5 array for your OS drive for redundancy, this way if one drive dies, all you have to do is replace it and the missing data pieces will be recreated.

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Hi All,
I'm hoping that some of the gurus in this area can help me to resolve why my transfer rate to my external hard drive is so slow (ranges from 200 kbps to 15 kbps), but is almost always in the 15-20 kbps range vs. an advertised/expected transfer rate of

5 Gbps.  That's < 1% of expected transfer rate.  Any thoughts on possible root causes that I should investigate?

I have an HP Probook 430 G1 laptop with a Samsung SSD 850 PRO 256 GB SCSI internal hard drive and 4 GB RAM running Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 64-bit. I also have a Western Digital My Passport Ultra 1 TB external hard driveBoth the internal drive and the external drive are bitlocker encryptedI've connected the drives via USB 3.0 ports + cable. I've also connected the drives via USB 2.0 port on laptop and USB 3.0 cable.I've checked the My Passport for errors and found none.
Any insight would be much appreciated.

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Hello,
I have a Windows 7 Ultimate workstation which has data encrypted with BitLocker.  I want to move this data to a Windows 2012 R2 server.  Do I need to un-encrypt the data beforehand or can I just move the data over to the server?
The data currently resides in an SQL environment on the workstation.

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Hello!
Sorry for my english. I formatted my bitlocker encrypted patition (80GB, about 30GB of data).
I lost all of my data on that patition.
How can i recover data? I dont have recovery key, but i remember the password.
Thanks in advance!

Answer:How do i recover files from formatted BitLocker encrypted patition

Have a look whether you have a restore point from before you did the encryption. Maybe you can get the files from there. See here how:

ShadowExplorer - Recover Lost Files and Folders

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I was having windows 7 ultimate 32 bit "activated" on my pc. I encrypted my drive D with
bitlocker , one day i was working on my pc suddenly a power failure occurred and after this when i reboot my pc windows 7 cannot start so i decided to reinstall windows 7 but the setup is showing "Windows could not retrieve information about the disk
on this computer" so i installed Windows XP it installed successfully but i was unable to access my local drive D so
i try to install windows 7 but it again shows the error message "Windows could not retrieve information about the disk on this computer" i remembered my bitlocker password and the i am having important data on drive D so guys please suggest me how
can i install windows 7 on my pc so i can decrypt drive D.

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Hello,

I currently have Win 7 Beta as my main OS with a non-system partition encrypted with Bit-locker(without TPM). I downloaded a copy of Win 7 RC, but will the new OS recognize the bit-locker encrypted partitions? Do I need to decrypt this drive, re-install the OS and then encrypt this non-system partition again? (I don't have my boot partition encrypted)

Or will Win 7 RC natively recognize the bit-locker partition and I just have to provide the user key to mount the drive?

Thanks,
Icered

Answer:Migrating Win7Beta bitlocker encrypted data to Win 7 RC

Hello Icered, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I would recommend to decrypt the drive first, install the new OS, then use bit-locker to encrypt it afterwards.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hi folks, Need some help here.  I reformatted (complete reformat with no personal preferences saved) of Windows 10 because of several glitches that were annoying.  I was smart to backup all my documents to an external hard drive that was encrypted with BitLocker.  But once the reformat was complete, the drive is no longer detected.  I can see the drive in Disk Management but it won't pop up in explorer and BitLocker does not prompt me when I plug in.  Help!  My two drives have all my backups and backups of backups!!! I've tried to update all the software/firmware/drivers but to no avail. I'm still under warranty but this is a software issue only I'm certain of it.   Help!

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Hi Mr/Ms
I
flash
drive encrypted
with BitLocker 
I used
this
driver for three months my computer is broken I bought a new computer    when i was try my flash disk new computer its give me this  problem 
BitLocker Drive Encryption failed to recover from an abruptly terminated conversion. This could be due to either all conversion logs being corrupted or the media being write-protected
? know my passworrd but I do not know
the BitLocker
recovery key what can i do know pls some one help me 

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Dear Sirs! I have encryptrd system windows disc with Bitlocker., The access method is flash drive. .The encryption works normally. But I eject the flash drive and reboot the comp, the only  empty blue screen appears. and the comp  reboots
in 2-3 minutes.  This means I can not to restore access from the bitlocker key, if the flash? for example, will be broken.. Please write me how to solve it.

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Hi,
My Laptop Drive was encrypted with BIT Locker and my laptop is not booting.. I have the BIT Locker Key.
I am able to access my Drive via USB, however the  main partition is showing as unallocated, how can i recover my data from that unallocated partition.
Regards
Mohit

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Hello!


I encountered a big trouble.I used the folder lock 6.1.4 trial version some time ago and encrypted my docs folder. When I tried to add suplementary pages the encrypted archive, I opened the folder and no one document was seen inside, although the encrypted archive could be seen in the "Browse" button. The encrypted folder was fully empthy. Neither I reinstalled the windows platform + Folder Lock soft I could not open again the flk. archive. Please, let you me know as soon as possible if you got any solution to this trouble. I need a lot to access docs from that folder. You can send me a mail too, to the [email protected]

I am waiting for your help, as fast possible.

Thank you!

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Hi All

I formatted my PC to another installation of Windows 7 Ultimate(also the one I had before the format).

Now before I formatted windows on drive C:, I encrypted a folder with Bitlocker. Now this folder was on another harddrive D: on my PC. After the format on C: drive, I cannot access any files in the encrypted folder anymore. The folder is color green(so are all the files inside) and when clicking on any file inside, it tells me "you don't have access to open this file".

Any suggestions?

Thank you

Answer:Bitlocker Encrypted folder - Cannot access files inside anymore

again install bitlocker and try to unlock using it

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Hi All

I formatted my PC to another installation of Windows 7 Ultimate(also the one I had before the format).

Now before I formatted windows on drive C:, I encrypted a folder with Bitlocker. Now this folder was on another harddrive D: on my PC. After the format on C: drive, I cannot access any files in the encrypted folder anymore. The folder is color green(so are all the files inside) and when clicking on any file inside, it tells me "you don't have access to open this file".

Any suggestions?

Thank you
 

Answer:Bitlocker Encrypted folder - Cannot access files inside anymore

Restore your recovery key.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee449438(v=ws.10).aspx#BKMK_RecoveryPass
 

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Hi,I had a Virus Attack i decided to use AVAST to scan and do automatic repair. Unfortunately the anti-virus ended deleting the unrepairable files.I restarted the Pc, but i could'nt login as the login fails as it t and comes back to the Welcome Screen for both the user accounts.I have tried thrice to repair the but the problems continues. The problem is how to retrieve my documents from the the user account that i made private. Is there anyway or tools that will help me retrieve my files.Your help is highly appreciated.

Answer:How to Recover My Personal Encrypted Data

Tell us the make and model of your brand name system, or if you have a generic desktop system, the make and model of the mboard. The specific model of a brand name system is shown on a label on the outside of the case somewhere, or it can often be determined by going to the brand name's web site.The model, sometimes the make, of a mboard in a generic desktop system is usually printed on the mboard's surface in obvious larger characters, often between the slots. The model is often also displayed on a logo (graphical) screen early in the boot, but it's often not as specific as the specific model number.For Dell computers, they have a Service Tag number - the specific model can be determined by using that on their site, or can often be determined there automatically by you downloading some software. The Service Tag number should be on a label on the outside of the case, probably on the bottom on a laptop, on the back on a desktop, and is often also shown in the bios Setup. .........Do you have, or can you borrow, a regular Windows CD, or do you have an equivalent disk that may have come with your system? E.g. some Dell, Compaq, and HP computers have one CD that came with the computer labelled " ....XP SPx Re-installation..." or similar - that's a slightly modified version of a regular XP CD. If you do have one, or can borrow a regular XP CD of the same version, Home or Pro, whichever applies, your best bet is probably doing a Repair installation of Windows procedure, which will... Read more

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Let suppose I have encrypted a USB pen drive by Bitlocker, Most of the Windows versions have Bitlocker installed and the system prompt for the password, and decrypt the USB drive.
There are certain versions of Windows 7,8,10 like Home Single edition in which Bitlocker is not installed. Now what will happen if I plugged it in a such system, whether it will prompt for the password and decrypt the USB drive or not?

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I have 1 partition encrypted drive from windows 7 ultimate, now if i want to change to home premium which do not have bitlocker feature, will i still be able to access the bitlocker encrypted drive?

Answer:bitlocker encrypted drive

My initial answer is no.. Because Bitlocker is not a part of the lower end flavors of 7 and must be poresent. You should decrypt the data first before downgrading the OS

However, with that said,,, there is the policy you can set within Group Policy for USB flash drives to "Allow Access To Bitlocker-Protected Removable Data Drives From Earlier Versions Of Windows" that can assure that you have access to the USB Flash Drive on other operating systems and computers.

I do not know if this will work on External USB HDD's. I have not played around with bitlocker a whole lot,, need to set some time aside for testing it out.

The Group Policy for this is as follows

In the start search type Group an then click on Edit Group Policy

Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates / Windows Components / Bitlocker Drive Encryption / Removable Data Drives

This policy also shows under Fixed Data Drives. But only mentions FAT file system, if you formatted it as NTFS, I am not sure it will work.

and there you will find the policy.

This policy settings configures whether or not removable data drives formated with the FAT file system can be unlocked and viewed on computer running Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows XP with SP3, or Windows XP with SP2 operating systems.

But I doubt the data will be recoverable if you downgrade to Home Premium prior to unencrypting it.

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Hi There.
I want to capture a BitLocker encrypted Hard drive with multiple partitions. I have few questions.
1. How can I use imagex to capture BitLocker encrypted partitions?
2. How can I capture the hidden partition that is created for storing the Boot files?
Any help would be much appreciated.
Thank You,
Sourav




Born to Learn

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I don't know when it started happening, but my drive stopped asking for a password and started asking for a recovery key. I lost my recovery file in a format, I only know my password. Is there any way to just enter the password, not the recovery key? I have very important files on my drive I have no access to.
 

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Hi
I forgot my password for BitLocker encrypted drive and I do not have recovery key. As far as I remember Recovery Key is supposed to be on encrypted drive itself. Is it possible to somehow access the drive?
Thank you

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Hello,
I tried to encrypt my external drive using BitLocker, but during the encryption, the usb was disconnected and
the encryption could not finished to perform. When I reconnected the drive, I could no more access the data. A pop up message saying that the "Encryption has been paused" is now on and can't resume nor access my data: please what to do?
Regards,
Filsdelhomme

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Hi Everyone,

I am trying to set up Bitlocker on a work FlashDrive (Toshiba 64GB) this will be holding install files for our software so cannot be accessed if lost,

when trying to turn BitLocker To Go on this is what I get



Can anyone help me with this?

Thanks Guys,
Gavin

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Hi All,

I have been looking on the internet but can't find anything useful.

I protected data on my USB flash drive using Bitlocker in Windows. But of course I can't access it inside Apple OS X operating system. Yes I have a Windows VM running inside my MacBook and can access bitlocked flash drive this way, but this requires booting
up Window VM and becomes frustrating most of the time.

Does anyone know any possible way to access bitlocked flash drive directly inside OS X?
If the answer is "No", then my request to Microsoft is to please make a Bitlocker Reader/Access tool for Mac OS X and make everyone's life easy. This will definitely increase number of Bitlocker users; a win-win situation!


Thanks

Answer:Access Bitlocker Encrypted Flash Drive in OS X

There is dislocker for Mac:
http://www.hsc.fr/ressources/outils/dislocker/

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Hello, I have a drive that I'm trying to retrieve data from and I have the recovery key. It's hooked up to another Win7 64 bit OS and while Windows sees the drive, Bitlocker CP doesn't and therefore is not asking for the recovery key to unlock it.

When I double click it in explorer it just tells me it needs to be formatted.

When the drive was in its own computer, it was stuck in startup repair. Diags returned a HDD error code but I was still able to unlock in natively to run the startup repair.

Any tips or workarounds here or is the hardware damage preventing me from unlocking it on another computer? The only reason I haven't tossed it is because I am able to unlock it when booting from it using the recovery key. So why won't it let me when it's hooked up to another machine with Bitlocker?

Answer:Bitlocker encrypted drive hooked up to another computer

Hello Uebersoldat, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if you may be able to recover the contents of the drive using the method below with another hard drive of equal size or larger to copy to.

BitLocker Repair Tool - Recover Drive in Windows 7 and 8

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I have 2TB hard drive with partitions, one have windows installed on and the other is BitLocker encrypted for data storage. I dont know what happend to my pc while I was at work but my pc was restarted when I got home and now my computer only shows one diskdrive (C, where windows is installed). BitLocked encrypted drive D does not show. It does show when I open disk management but it has no drive letter. See screenshot. What are my options? Please dont tell me that my 1765GB of encrypted data is lost :S

Answer:BitLocker Encrypted drive not showing anymore

My first bet would be to make a Ubuntu Live cd (Or even better a forensics Helix boot cd but thats probably over the top!), boot into that and see if you are able to mount the partition.. If you can then I would backup the data somewhere if possible... I think im right in saying that you can still decrypt the encrypted data if you copy it elsewhere but I haven't had much experience of bitlocker, only truecrypt.

My personal opinion is not to do anything within Windows as if it doesn't see the data or partition it may start harming your data.... Good to know my 4 years of Forensic Computing isnt going to waste... I think the above is a good start.

Hopefully others out there will have some more / easier suggestions

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Need help with Bitlocker encrypted fixed drive (non OS ) on primary partition Windows 7 64bit Ultimate.

Drive D is encrypted however from last few days the lock icon displayed on the drive is missing and it is being displayed as unknown file system (Bitlocker Encrypted) in diskmgmt.

While try to open the drive getting error location is not available & access denied , no option to unlock it through right click . Only I can unlock it via opening bitlocker from control panel or through elevated cmd manage-bde -unlock D:
Tried All scenarios.
1. Unlock and then lock it again(reboot + shutdown).
2. Restarted the bitlocker service.
3. tried changing the drive letter .
4. Unlock + disk defrag .
5. no suspend or resume option available for drive in bitlocker settings.
6. Run chkdsk /f /r also, no issues reported.
Issue remains same no icons display for unlock or lock drive , no right lick option to unlock & getting same above error while double click on a drive . However I have checked it still shows drive as encrypted so it's mean encryption is sill running fine.

Answer:Issue with Bitlocker encrypted fixed drive (non OS ) .

  
Quote: Originally Posted by parasakachester


Need help with Bitlocker encrypted fixed drive (non OS ) on primary partition Windows 7 64bit Ultimate.

Drive D is encrypted however from last few days the lock icon displayed on the drive is missing and it is being displayed as unknown file system (Bitlocker Encrypted) in diskmgmt.

While try to open the drive getting error location is not available & access denied , no option to unlock it through right click . Only I can unlock it via opening bitlocker from control panel or through elevated cmd manage-bde -unlock D:
Tried All scenarios.
1. Unlock and then lock it again(reboot + shutdown).
2. Restarted the bitlocker service.
3. tried changing the drive letter .
4. Unlock + disk defrag .
5. no suspend or resume option available for drive in bitlocker settings.
6. Run chkdsk /f /r also, no issues reported.
Issue remains same no icons display for unlock or lock drive , no right lick option to unlock & getting same above error while double click on a drive . However I have checked it still shows drive as encrypted so it's mean encryption is sill running fine.


Any help guys still waiting ..

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Is there a way I can change the BitLocker recovery key on my encrypted OS drive?
Do I need to first Suspend BitLocker to do so?

Is there a tutorial on this here?

Thanks

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Hi,

I have 2 drives on my PC. One SSD where Windows 8.1 is installed and a secondary HDD for movies and stuff.
The SSD is Microsoft edrive compliant so I just enabled BitLocker encryption and set a password, i.e. Pass1.

Later I also encrypted the secondary HDD and DID NOT save the recovery keys when doing that. I clicked smth like Automatically unlock or smth when doing that as the secondary drive was always available when logging in to Windows later. No need to enter a separate password.

Now, I formatted the primary SSD and re installed Windows 8.1 but now I don't have the recovery key for the secondary drive. Is all the data lost or I can somehow use the password to unlock it?

Thank You

Answer:Unlock secondary BitLocker encrypted drive

Sorry cannot help you with that.

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Dear All,
I want to ask if any Microsoft forum or technet mentioned that
Step 1: reinstall the OS drive without formatting the D data drive which is bitlocker encrypted.

Step 2: After encypted OS drive again, the D data drive can be automatically unlocked by reset the password.
Thanks.

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I had stored the PFX files once I had created the password, now I have formatted my windows. So how can I use PFX file to unlock my drive.

Answer:How to unlock Bitlocker drive using recovery of encrypted files

See if this helps: Bitlocker Data Recovery Agent

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Hello,

when i used my win 10 my (media) Hard disk suddenly unallocated with 2 partition one it. one of the partition was encrypted with bitlocker

Now I used window 7 ultimate and to try to recover my data I follow steps according to the great guide :
http://www.normanbauer.com/2013/07/25/how-to-recover-data-from-a-deleted-bitlocker-enabled-partition/
Now the problem was on the step to create recover.img :
when i type "repair-bde F: E:\recover.img -rp 517253-653510-042988-665027-063393-559515-700700-268211"
I get ERROR: cannot use 517253-653510-042988-665027-063393-559515-700700-268211 (the recovery key) to unlock the input volume, please try different recovery password or recovery key


I am sure that it is the right recovery key. 
I also have identifier and password for the bitlocker partition

PLEASE ADVICE my Data is very important   !

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Hey
My company is updating our windows, servers, desktops nearly every thing. we were asked to back up all our data on external drives, but we were forced to encrypt the drives with Bit locker, after the immigration to the new hardware and windows 10, I opened
my external HDD and USB Drive using the passwords I set earlier, and as I don't need the drives to be encrypted anymore, I right clicked the drives then choose "Remove password" which I thought it will decrypt the drives and no passwords will be
required anymore. I was surprised to find that my drives are still encrypted, and all what happened is that the password unlock option for my Bit locker encrypted drives was removed. it now only displays to option to unlock (another USB drive or recovery key)
and I don't have both. all what i have is the passwords that I set to the drivers, but the unlock with password option vanished.
can i return that option back so i can unlock both my drives using password? can you please advice?
thanks in advance.

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Team - Trouble here!! Have ~730 GB of data on my 1TB iOmega HDD. Turned on BitLocker on my Windows 7
system, set password, created and saved recovery key file, and i saw it started encrypting (very slowly, which i think is normal). Left it there for hours and when i came back I saw it is asking me for my password for my unlocking... which i entered and it
just wont open. Goes "NOT RESPONDING". I did not lose power during the initial encryption and neither did i pull out the HDD (to my knowledge) even though I read in the MS content that encryption should resume the next time a drive is plugged in,
it it got interrupted the first time or whatsoever.

However, started my research and was shocked to find several people have had similar problems. Also references that data must be backed up before encrypting (may
be common sense). Well, i have not done that, did not know that a simple of act of encrypting could be such a crime, especially when you are encrypting what you have just taken a backup off - before proceeding towards a formatting of my laptop.


Tried the manage-bde commands and the results are in a pic that i cannot attach. Interestingly, i find that the "manage-bde -status" command shows "conversion status" and "percentage of encryption" as unknown. Is this normal? I
do not really remember seeing any screen (when i came back after hours to check the status of the initial BitLock'ing) stating "hey i am done&quo... Read more

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BitLocker was turned on on my previous Windows 7. It was working properly until I had to change my Windows 7 and reinstall it on another drive, this time SSD instead of HDD. After installing Windows 7, I got "Access Denied" error message when i went
to unlock the drive. The password was correct and the drive could unlock, but access was denied. I tried the built-in Administrator account and found that it had not this problem. It could access the contents of the drive and unlock. This was while my account
was also an administrator of the new Windows. So, I decided to rename login name of the built-in Administrator account to my own and use it instead of my own account. This seemed that resolved the problem. Then, I decided to upgrade this Windows to 10. Now,
after upgrading, I can't access the drive with the built-in Administrator account too!

Notes:


In my previous Windows which I could see the contents of the drive, I was seeing a tiny lock icon on the root folders (the folders which were located on the root of the drive), while this didn't appear on their sub-folders. What is that?
Now and before upgrading, I might and may access the contents of the drive by using Total Commander. This seems the only way. It can't access and then brings up a dialog and asks for using administrative rights. If I click the button, it may show the contents!
why? I'm the administrator already!
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I own an external hard drive of 500GB Seagate Go in which i have stored many valuable data. While encrypting this drive accidentally the laptop {in which i am using Windows7) went off the encryption was 14% done and the drive was set to auto-unlock on my
laptop. when i restarted the my laptop was unable to unlock the drive (It's reading the drive but not showing on windows explorer and i tried to mange it from bitlocker drive encryption in control panel but bitlocker stopped responding) so I tried to unlock
this on my friend's computer but again the same thing happened after that i tried other steps from


http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7itprosecurity/thread/58e44671-0cf0-480b-9668-3876c30752a9


and


http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd875513%28WS.10%29.aspx


but nothing seems to work out.


suppose the other information needed are as follows:


BitLocker Drive Encryption Recovery Key



 The recovery key is used to recover the data on a BitLocker protected drive.



To verify that this is the correct recovery key compare the identification with what is presented on the recovery screen.



Recovery key identification: 516G88BE-4141-42

Full recovery key identification: 516F88BE-4141-42D8-A247-4997D3F57FDA



BitLocker Recovery Key:

<... Read more

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I just bought a Inspiron 13 2-in-1. Now i see that my OS is Windows 10 home but my C: drive is 'Bitlocker encrypted'. As far as I know the Home edition doesn't have the Bitlocker application. How can i remove this encryption?

Answer:Windows 10 Home Bitlocker encrypted

Windows 10 does not support Bitlocker - only 10 Pro and Enterprise do.
Was this system purchased new from Dell, or from a third party - or refurbished?

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hello  i  ahve a   notebook  T60Pand i have  the  2nd  time  the  problem  with  the  NBi  saved  lot  of  data  at the  secure  drivebut  tsome things  happend  and  my  registry  was damaged  so no  way  pout  to  get the  data i make  a  immage  to  another Harddisk  and  i  can  see with  special  tools  that  there i8s  a  2nd  drive  but  cant  see it  in  bios  or  howeverafter  i  try  to make  recover  but also  faild  .. by  security  password finaly  i  gave  up  and  like  to  take  the  expensive notebook to  the  trash  coz  there  was  some  finanzial  data  not  easy  to  rebuild  them  again so  can  any  tell me  where  i can  get  a  original  recover CD   the  reseller  magicdevices in  germany  is  not  succesfulldid  any  know  on  what partition teh  system create  the  secure  crypted  drive ?? THANK  u  walfried

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I recently under went the free upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 and now find I can't read a BitLocker encrypted USB. Windows file explorer does not recognise the drive and there is no where I can enter the password. Can anybody help.
Many thanks
Whitebeard

Answer:Reading a BitLocker Encrypted USB in Windows 10 Home

There was a similar problem upgrading to 8 https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2748266 It isn't really applicable but you could have a look.

I'm not sure but I think that you should be able to unlock an external drive on Windows 10 home - just not use bitlocker for the OS drive.

Try starting the Bitlocker Drive Encryption Service if you have it under services.msc

Sorry I can't help too much as I have Pro version...

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If I encrypt the folder of a software accounting program on my hard drive using windows 7 pro 64 bit, can I backup only my data file to an external flash drive? If so, what steps would be necessary to restore that file in the accounting program?

Answer:can I backup a single data file inside an encrypted folder

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/309340A flash drive is a pretty poor choice. I'd be more inclined to have a usb hard drive and store the file without encryption but store the usb drive in a secure location. Google is evil

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Does someone know if and how I can reset (crack) a win8 password on an encrypted (BitLocker) system? I do remember the Bitlocker
password, but have forgotten the windows login password.

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Hello windows seven,

I was thinking for this...

Local Disk C --> either bitlocker encrypted or unencrypted.
Local Disk D --> bitlocker encrypted partition and a space for backup

How can I backup and recover if using Acronis?

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I had a drive fail giving me a " read error" on boot. I had a password set up in windows. I installed a new drive and set up the failed drive as a slave. I can see my data on the old drive, but it will not allow me to open or copy my main folder in the "document and settings" area because of the windows password. Is there any way to get to the data in "My documents" and my "desktop" on the windows password protected disk? I would really appreciate anyone's input that can help. I my using xp home.

Thanks,

cylon

Answer:How to recover data from a windows protected drive

The password only has importance when trying to boot into that O/S installed.Since you are not trying to do that, you can access any/all data files...normally.The exception occurs with the Documents & Settings folders, due to the way that they are set up. It's easily overcome by a procedure known as "taking ownership" of the files in question.How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421 http://www.winxptutor.com/ownership.htmLouis

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Hi, I am using windows7 64bit OS. I am using WINMEND FOLDER HIDDEN v1.4.1 to hide folders on my hard drive. During my usage of the hidden folders my system crashed and upon the restart I could not find two of the folders which I hide using Winmend. I can find the remaining folders which I hide. Winmend software is working as before and I can access the remaining files in it. But two of my folders which I unhide and was using at the time of my system crash, are now not visible either on my hard drive or in the winmend software. When I went calculate the hard drive partition space I found that the data was not deleted and the size is showing including the folders which I cant view. How can I retrieve my data back? I tried enabling 'view hidden folders' but no use. Also tried the command "attrib -h -r -s /s /d g:\*.* " but no use.
Can anyone please help me what had happened actually and suggest me what to do to recover my data? It is damn important for me.

Answer:How to recover hidden data on my hard drive in windows 7

If you have a windows 7 install disc, you could use that to explore the drives.

Why are you hiding data in the 1st place ? And if it`s important, why aren`t you backing it up.

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My 8GB Transcend flash drive became corrupted when I tried opening it on a Windows 7 laptop. It was previously used on a Windows XP laptop.

A new driver was found for the device when it was inserted in the Windows 7 laptop. After this all the file names turned into dingbat or strange symbols and could'nt be opened. The changed names remained when I put the drive back in the other laptop.

I checked the Windows XP laptop and flash drive for viruses and registry errors. I found and corrected 86 errors, but the flash drive is no longer recognised on the Windows XP laptop.

How can I recover my files on the flash drive?
 

Answer:How can I recover flash drive data, after corruption in Windows 7

Download Recuva and do a deep scan. In the meantime do not place any files on the flash drive, as it will overwrite previous information contained within it.

It should find some data for you.
 

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Does anyone know if  Cryptolocker affects previously encrypted password protected pdf's that are encrypted using "high strength encryption" through pfdprotect online tool? Would these files be safe?

Answer:Does Cryptolocker affects previously encrypted pdf's?

Fabian Wosar already answered your question in the Cryptolocker Hijack program (Post #829) topic.
 

 

Does anyone know if Cryptolocker affects previously encrypted password protected pdf's that are encrypted using "high strength encryption" through pfdprotect online tool? Would these files be safe?

No, they won't. CriLock will still encrypt them.
 

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A couple of years ago I backed up some files form my office machine (XP Pro) onto an external HDD. The files were encrypted. Today I tried accessing them and could not. I could not read, copy, move or delete these files, even though it said that I have full access permissions. Every time I tried doing something with the files, I got "access denied". I suspect that this is happening because encryption was done while my corporate password was different (it changes every 120 days). Can I get access to the data without knowing my old password? Thanks much!

Answer:Can't access previously encrypted files

I am assuming the files were encrypted with NTFS encryption.This encryption is based on a certificate that is a part of your user account. Changing your password will not be a problem. But if Windows was ever reinstalled since the files were encrypted, then you have a problem. If the computer is a member of a domain the domain admin may be able to recover them. I don't know of any other solution.

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Hi!
I am running Windows 7 Enterprise with Bitlocker.
Unfortunately I ran into problems booting up and eventually it looked like the harddrive (SSD) was malfunctioning. My backup solution was fresh so I haven't given it much thought, just replaced the drive, but I would still like to know if it's possible to
recover data from the drive while it's encrypted with Bitlocker?
I have searched the net for info but none of them seem to focus on my problem; the drive itself shows no volume information, so I'm unable to run any decryption protocols on it. Therefore I'm unable to run any recovery software on it either.
I'm afraid I might've made the situation worse with my attempts at recovery, but still, any help is appreciated!

Best Regards,
Heini

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My Sony Vaio (windows 7) died last night, after I dropped it in my garage getting out of the car. I removed the hard drive and installed it in an external case. I have it connected to my work laptop (dell windows 7) and I do hear the tone when I plug in the USB that tells me the computer noticed a new device. However, I do not see the drive available in explorer so I can copy my files.

After reading other posts I tried a few things with no success.

When I go into device manager I see "generic external USB device", and I have tried uninstall / scan for hardware changes. After a few minutes it changes back to "generic external USB device" so no good.

I go into disk management and I don't see the external drive at all.

What should I do next? Not an IT guy, just hoping I can recover my files. Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

Answer:Computer Died... trying to recover data from drive, windows won't show

Update: I went back into disk management and I do see "Disk 1" now, but when I attempt to initialize I get the dialog box and it asks me for the partition style. No mater which option (MBR or GPT) I choose I get "Virtual Disk Manager - Incorrect Function" as an error message.

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i used bitlocker to encrypt, the process didnt get more than 10% done before failing, the result is a partially encrypted drive that is locked ( password and recovery key wont work) i need a program that will help retrieve the remaining data that is not encrypted.

Answer:recovering data from partially encrypted drive

Try using "Recuva" - see free program list. First do a normal scan then a deep scan if required. A deep scan can take quite quite some time.

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Hello,
I plan on installing Truecrypt and encrypting a second drive, to which I will put all my accounts data. I did this a while back and couldn't figure out a way to backup the faux drive with my Paragon Software. It would not recognize the virtual drive, nor the encrypted drive. I would copy the virtual drive to a folder on my boot drive and then just back that up.
Is there an easier way. Between the time to copy the files, do the backup and then delete the files securely off the boot drive, it is exceptionally cumbersome. Not to mention the drive wear.
Thanks for any advice!
Glenn

Answer:Truecrypt - Best Way to back up data from encrypted drive

Some tips in here for you:

TRUECRYPT - Encrypt Data Folders

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I have a laptop which is migrated to win7 from winXP. While migration, I lost some imortant data and want to recover. but the problem is that in winXP it was encrypted with pointsec 7.4 and now in win7 it is encrypted with Bitlocker. I have both the recovery keys. There is no restore point set.Can someone help me in this case as the data is realy important.

Answer:Data recovery from encrypted hard drive

Here are some that may do what you want, make sure you research/google how to do it.SoftPerfect File Recoveryhttp://www.softpedia.com/get/System...http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...http://www.snapfiles.com/get/spfile...http://www.softperfect.com/products...SoftPerfect File Recovery is a useful application that helps you restore accidentally deleted files from hard and floppy disks, USB flash drives, CF and SD cards and other storage media.It supports the popular file systems such as FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, NTFS and NTFS5 with compression and encryption.ParetoLogic Data Recovery For free http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvi_...http://thesp.paretologic.revenuewir...http://www.paretologic.com/products...Recovers a wide variety of file types, including recycled, compressed and encrypted.Pandora Recoveryhttp://www.softpedia.com/get/System...http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...http://www.pandorarecovery.com/ Recover Archived, Hidden, Encrypted, Compressed files.Glary Undeletehttp://www.softpedia.com/get/System...http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...http://www.glarysoft.com/gun.html* Supports recovery of compressed, fragmented and encrypted files on NTFS

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Apparently 1 folder with ~10 files was encrypted from my old install of Windows 7. It was saved on my back-up hard drive, separate than the OS drive, and could be accessed without any special procedure when Windows 7 was installed. I "upgraded" to Windows 8 without realizing it was encrypted and can no longer access the files. I have the old username and password from my Windows 7 install but no certificates. Some research seems to indicate my files are lost forever.

My question is: I still have my Windows 7 disc and activation key that was in use when the files were apparently encrypted. If I reformat my computer again (same hardware) and "create" a new encryption key using the same computer and Windows 7 info, would this key be able to access the files again? I'm sure it's a long-shot but I wasn't sure how the certificate information was generated and if it would be the same if it was created under the same conditions.
 

Answer:Recover encrypted files after upgrade from Windows 7 to 8?

Encryption is great at making small problems real difficult ones
 

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(First, please note that I am a general computer user and not very familiar with data terms so please bear with my explanation attempts, and newbie-friendly responses are greatly appreciated! I also am new to the forum, so hoping I'm posting this in the right area.)

Tonight I found my micro SD card with pictures on it that I've been missing for years. I excitedly popped it into its adapter and inserted into my laptop, and encounter a formatting error. I tried putting it in my camera and it said the same thing. I knew formatting would risk losing data, but it was my understanding that I could not access my data at all without formatting first. I attempted to format, but immediately got a message that the format failed. I searched the internet and didn't find much. In desperation I turned to youtube, and followed the instructions in this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CndoDjZlmxY

I had no idea what I was doing, but followed along with the video. I was able to open diskpart, and follow all the instructions, but when I entered the "clean" command (not clean all) it was successful. (In the youtube video tutorial, clean was not successful). I have tried to run multiple data-recovery programs without success, including easeus, icare, recuva, and getdataback. Even after the clean in diskpart, windows still tells me to format and attempting to format fails.

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I spilled some water on my Thinkpad T60 while it was in standby.  Neadless to say, it doesn't work anymore.  I took out the harddrive and put it in an external enclosure and hooked it up to another computer.  But I can't access the encrypted folders on it.  I know the password so how can I access those folders?  Thanks. 

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I was forced to repair my XP Professional using the original installation disk. Files I had encrypted are listed in green, but I cannot read them.Is there a way to read the files or decrypt them? Can I recover the original encryption certificates or reconstruct them?More info:There were no hardware failures. The machine is exactly the same. After the repair, the original account and password was intact (I did not have to recreate the account or set a new password. When I booted, Windows' login screen had my original account name and accepted the password I always used).The first thing that happened when trouble started - I was unable to boot at all because one of the hive files had become corrupt or missing according to the error message on the blue screen. I backed up the files in system32/config and replaced SOFTWARE with software.bak and software.sav on various attempts. That made no difference.Strangely, when I put the original SOFTWARE file back in system32/config, the machine booted to the login screen but told me that it could not verify my Windows license (error80090019).I think, but can't be sure, that rsaenh.dll had somehow become unregistered. I was unable to run regsvr32 in safe mode or recovery mode.After trying to boot with the last known good configuration and many attempts at rolling back to a previous restore point (with windows boot disc, safe mode, UBCD4Win...), I did a repair installation.All my documents appear to be intact. I need to re-install... Read more

Answer:Recover encrypted files after performing Windows XP repair

Although this refers to windows-7... it may at least be a possible starting point?http://tinyurl.com/kaoe7haAnd this one appears to be specific to XP...http://tinyurl.com/m486vbkA google trawl using the string:recover encrypted files windows XPbrought those two and there are many more besides. Some are likely utilities to be downloaded (and some/very likely not free)...And yes.. it is useful to have a backup (stand-alone drive) elsewhere; and unless absolutely essential that back up not encrypted - but at least password protected?message edited by trvlr

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Ok here is the deal. I had a new laptop that dual booted vista and linux. the vista partitioned was encrypted with bitlocker. I decide to give windows 7 a try so I repartition the drive in to one large volume, format and install windows 7. Everything worked perfectly. The problem is after about a week I realize there was some important files on the vista partition before I wiped everything out. I have found several data recovery programs the can recover files after a format, however they only show files that where on the linux partition. My guess is that the bitlocker encryption is preventing these tools from finding any of the vista files.

So the question is, Does anyone know of a application or company that can recover files from a bitlocker'ed drive after it has been formatted.

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Hello, I've recently encrypted my main drive, and all is well. However, I would like to be able to encrypt one of my data drives as well and bitlocker isn't even detecting the drive's existence under "Fixed Drives"

I'm on windows 8.1 machine, the encrypted main drive is a SSD drive, and the data drive is a regular WD spinning drive SATA drive. Please help, I would like to have the WD data drive encrypted as well...

Answer:Bitlocker Detect Data Drive

Can you at least see the drive in your file manager? What is the format of that drive?

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 The windows 10 Pro computer has died, and I would like to put the in my new computer with windows 10 home.   I would like to remove the bit locker password,  so I can reinstall windows 10 pro while keeping my files and apps,  
I'm unable to do this while the drive is encrypted.  How do I remove drive encryption from the drive while I have the drive slaved to a windows 10 home computer? 

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I am trying to enable bitlocker on our laptops which have a C partition (OS) and a D partition (Data)
 
I have downloaded EnableBitLocker.vbs and managed to enable the system drive encryption using 
enablebitlocker.vbs /on:tpm /l:c:\windows\temp\bitlocker.log


The Data partition (D:) does not encrypt using this however. I cannot see a way to specify the drive using this script.
 
Can anyone advise how I can do this?
 
Thanks
 

Answer:Enable Bitlocker via script on Data drive

I couldn't figure this one out so ended up configuring the laptops only to have a C drive.....not ideal!

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I have moved 3 excel data files to the following folder by accident while doing a backup to floppyc:\93067c2938355bdabe6bad36I am unable to open/copy or move the files backget response ofcan not access read-only documentI presume that this folder is a special system folder as it has service pack sub folders. please help me as I don't want to have to recreate the files again!

Answer:recover data file moved to system folder in error

Right click the docs and select Properties. Untick Read Only. If you still can't move them then start your computer in safe mode and then try.AH

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I turned on BitLocker in my Win7 x64 several months ago and used it flawlessly.  I had configured it to use TPM+ Startup Key and everything worked perfectly.  Then
a few days ago I wanted to increase to HDD size for the OS so I went to the Control Panel - Bitlocker Drive Encryption - and
clicked Turn Off BitLocker.  Bitlocker decrypted the drive and everything worked perfectly until I added a larger capacity
drive then restored the machine from a backup image, then when I tried to turn on BitLocker again I received this message "starting bitLocker the group policy settings for bitLocker startup options are in conflict and cannot be applied Contact
your system administrator for more information." The Machine was Joined to the Domain before I originally turned on BitLocker and when I turned off BitLocker and also when tried to turn BitLocker back on.

I have tried all of the following solutions to resolve this with no success:

I cannot for the life of me figure out which group policies are conflicting.  I changed the "Require additional authentication at startup" to "Not Configured" but it didn't make any difference.  I have verified that every policy
under the BitLocker Drive Encryption folder is set to "Not configured". 


I even tried setting Computer Configuration - Administrative Templates - System - Power Management - Sleep Settings :


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I turned on BitLocker in my Win7 x64 several months ago and used it flawlessly.  I had configured it to use TPM+ Key and everything worked perfectly.  Then
a few days ago I wanted to increase to HDD size for the OS so I went to the Control Panel - Bitlocker Drive Encryption - and
clicked Turn Off BitLocker.  Bitlocker decrypted the drive and everything worked perfectly until I added a larger capacity
drive then restored the machine from a backup image, then when I tried to turn on BitLocker again I received this message "starting bitLocker the group policy settings for bitLocker startup options are in conflict and cannot be applied" The
Machine Joined to the Domain.

I went to Control Panel - Bitlocker Drive Encryption - and clicked Turn Off BitLocker.  Bitlocker decrypted the drive and everything worked perfectly.


"The Group Policy settings for BitLocker startup options are in conflict and cannot be applied.  Contact your system administrator for more information."

I cannot for the life of me figure out which group policies are conflicting.  I changed the "Require additional authentication at startup" to "Not Configured" but it didn't make any difference.  I have verified that *every* policy
under the BitLocker Drive Encryption folder is set to "Not configured".  

I have tried all of the following solutions to resolve this with no success:

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Hello, I have a usb that has been encrypted using bitlocker, I can connect this usb to my desktop and I can input the password and access the usb. However on my laptop and other computers, when I plug in the usb I do not get the prompt to input my password and instead just says that the drive is inaccessible. Both my laptop and my desktop are windows 10 and I have admin rights on both machines. On both machines I have not used bitlocker, can someone help explain how I can access my usb on normal machines and can someone explain how I can open my usb on my desktop but not my laptop?

Answer:Bitlocker: Encrypted USB no access

Are you the same person who posted this:

BitLocker functionality (currently having some issues) - Windows 10 Forums

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I want to upgrade to WIN 10. But my SP3 SSD is bitlocker encrypted.
Will upgrade work on my encrypted SSD?
Will my existing bitlocker password work as I log on?
Any hints to help me as I upgrade?
Thanks!

Answer:How can I upgrade a Bitlocker encrypted SSD to WIN 10?

Should work. When you update, it'll warn you that Bitlocker is being suspended, so remember to unsuspend it when you have W10 installed (through the Bitlocker settings in the control panel).
If you then want to do a clean install then software Bitlocker will be erased. Hardware encryption may remain though, so I suggest you disable it first in such circumstances. I also suggest you do a diskpart clean for a clean install if you use hardware encryption, as Bitlocker may fail to recognise the hardware encryption and try to software encrypt instead when you get W10 installed otherwise.
Have your TPM key handy if you clean install. You shouldn't need it, but never know.
Oh, and make a system image backup to an MBR drive (assuming your boot drive is UEFI and so GPT) before you do anything. Note that the need to use an MBR backup drive instead of GPT goes away with W10, but is needed for W7/8.

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Hello, I have a usb that has been encrypted using bitlocker, I can connect this usb to my desktop and I can input the password and access the usb. However on my laptop and other computers, when I plug in the usb I do not get the prompt to input my password and instead just says that the drive is inaccessible. Both my laptop and my desktop are windows 10 and I have admin rights on both machines. On both machines I have not used bitlocker, can someone help explain how I can access my usb on normal machines and can someone explain how I can open my usb on my desktop but not my laptop?

Answer:Bitlocker: Encrypted USB no access

Are you the same person who posted this:

BitLocker functionality (currently having some issues) - Windows 10 Forums

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Hello all,
I happen to have reinstalled by mistake a new Windows7 OS on a drive (I had two drives one with an OS and another with a bitlocker drive used for back up, both drives were IDE drives and the bitlocker was under slave mode if that can be of any help... ) that hosted VERY important data and was encrypted by Bitlocker.What can I please do to recover this formerly encrypted data? The drive is now recognized as an active healthy partition with an associated drive letter (different from the original one)
I don't have the bitlocker key.

If you need any hardware info please let me know.
Help me please!
Best,
Mike

Answer:Data recovery from a former bitlocker drive on which a new Win7 installation was made

Hi and welcome to TSF if you do not have a key to unencrypt you would not be able to access the info even if it was discovered and retrieved

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Hi,
I have problem with my external hard disk. I entered correct password, but it says encryption failed. The system i used to set bitlocker is no longer use and i don't have the recovery key. So is there anyway to get my hdd back??
Sorry for my English and thanks in advance.

Answer:Can't use bitlocker encrypted hard disk.

Still no reply?? Am I going to believe there is no one that can help me?? So Bad.

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I have been using my laptop for a while, but no sensitive data stored on it yet and I just enabled Bitlocker with the Used Space option to save time. The files that were deleted are NOT sensitive.

A few questions here.

1. When I decide to reinstall Windows 10 again on the same laptop, and enable Bitlocker, do I need to encrypt the entire disk or leave as Used Space? The way I reinstall Windows, is to delete ALL partitions and only leave the Unallocated free space. That's all. I usually delete ALL partitions.

2. Assuming I did NOT have any sensitive data previously deleted that may be recoverable on the free space, will it be OK to select Used Space only when I reinstall Windows the next time? It is really time consuming - takes about 9 hours to encrypt a 300GB drive...

3. If the Used Space is encrypted, and I decide to store data on there, will the files be automatically encrypted when added to that Used Space?

4. If I delete a sensitive file or document from that encrypted Used Space area, will those documents be moved to the free space area were they can be recovered?

Thanks!

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I have been using my laptop for a while, but no sensitive data stored on it yet and I just enabled Bitlocker with the Used Space option to save time. The files that were deleted are NOT sensitive.

A few questions here.

1. When I decide to reinstall Windows 10 again on the same laptop, and enable Bitlocker, do I need to encrypt the entire disk or leave as Used Space? The way I reinstall Windows, is to delete ALL partitions and only leave the Unallocated free space. That's all. I usually delete ALL partitions.

2. Assuming I did NOT have any sensitive data previously deleted that may be recoverable on the free space, will it be OK to select Used Space only when I reinstall Windows the next time? It is really time consuming - takes about 9 hours to encrypt a 300GB drive...

3. If the Used Space is encrypted, and I decide to store data on there, will the files be automatically encrypted when added to that Used Space?

4. If I delete a sensitive file or document from that encrypted Used Space area, will those documents be moved to the free space area were they can be recovered?

Thanks!

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Hi experts
My external USB disk was encrypted by bitlocker. It worked well until today. Now every time I try to decrypt the disk with no matter the password or key file, the USB disk lost connection.
My local IT said the it can be due to that some track of the disk is broken.
So in the case, is there any way I can get my data back.
Thanks very much. It is urgent. I am looking forward for your reply.   

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Throughout my computing life, I've learned that it's important to umount drives. It still can be seen when devices like a cellphone or a pendrive are attached to the computer the advice of clicking to "Safe remove" the drive before removing it physically.
Now I have Windows 7 Ultimate virtual hard disks in .vhd format and encrypted using bitlocker. I mount them everyday, and I shutdown the computer WITHOUT dettaching that encrypted virtual drive first.
Is this that a problem for security?
Is this a problem for my files?
I'm concerned about a data lose, maybe corrupted files in the drive for dettaching by shutting down the computer without umounting first.

Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.

Answer:Shutting down PC when .vhd bitlocker encrypted file is mounted

That is fine. Nothing to worry about.

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Hello,

We would like to use Bitlocker to encrypt external devices. However, we do already have some external hard disks with built-in encryption. Is it possible to detect this, and not to re-encrypt those disks with Bitlocker ?

Thanks,

Soitjes.

Answer:Bitlocker - detect encrypted external disk ?

You might ask here Forum FAQisk Topic Part 6 -Bitlocker and BitLocker To Go

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I have a computer with 2 500 GB hard disks. One of the disks contain the installed/active programs and Windows 7 while the other one contains files (pics, vids, etc.) My computer crashed while my kids were using it. Did not know what actually happened I reformatted the computer. At the initial stages of the reformatting, I was still able to see the 2nd hard disk which contained my files which happened to be encrypted by bitlocker. I don't know exactly what went wrong but now, my computer doesn't detect that hard disk and even my cd ROM drive is not being detected anymore. Tried to see if the BIOS will detect it but it couldn't either. Any suggestions? Any help will be appreciated.
 

Answer:Undetected hard disk encrypted by bitlocker

WHat version of windows 7 are you using?
 

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Hi,
We have created a bootable USB flash drive using WinPE 3.0 and it is booting successfully. Then encrypted it using Bit Locker Encryption using following command

        manage-bde -on D: -pw
After Encryption, we are not able to boot the Pendrive. Can anyone help with this?

Thanks in Advance

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HP4560US
winXP home
Hitachi 2.5" drive 40gig
NTFS

My 40 gig drive was 99% full and then I put way too many pictures in it, when I shut down it asked me if I would like to compress.
I answered yes and left it overnight.

The next morning it would not boot.

It never booted again, all attempts to view my files from the computer or an external cage are a not.

Is there a way to uncompress?

Answer:Trying To Recover Data From A Drive

Hello Martel,

If the hard drive wont boot and can't be read by an external system then there are severe problems with the drive. Sending it of to data recovery specialists might be the only option. Do you have the original system? If so you could try using a Linux live CD to boot the system.

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Hi,
i have a 4 gb pen drive, with very important data in it. But suddenly i got a message that ''it need to be formatted before use''.
i understand that pen drive is corrupted, i tried to recover data by many softwares but they cannot recognize the partition as well.
I thought that a format might be solve that issue....
But after format pen drive works and data cannot be seen/recover by any software at all.
I again say that it contains very important data and i dont want to loss it, so kindly show me a way plssssssssss.............

Answer:recover pen drive data

You could try an "unformat" utility. Did you by any chance change the format to/from NTFS and FAT32 with a quick format? I did that on one of mine and it lost data even though there was nothing wrong with it. Those drives are not for permanent important data. It's more like convenience. The electrical connections going in and out of those little chips get funky and your data is gone. Not reliable. In fact I'd trust an old 3 1/2" floppy diskette over a USB pen drive... at least for the first couple of months.

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Enabling bitlocker usually adds a lock icon on the C drive in My Computer, and this is the case on all our machines except for Lenovo X1. Bitlocker gets enabled fine, but the lock icon does not appear. Does anyone have an idea why? Thanks

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Hey All,

Recently my company provided me with a Windows 10 SOE image as part of a UAT. The image includes Symantec Endpoint Encryption which utilizes Bitlocker for encryption.

I went through all of the motions with the C:\ drive to be encrypted and even printed the recovery key. Well, at some point I plugged in a few My Passport USB drives and they became locked by Bitlocker To Go. Everytime I try to unlock or click on these drives it asks for the 48-bit key which I don't have because I never was prompted to encrypt/lock these drives.





IT says that there are no keys stored on the servers for these USB drives and suggested that this would be a "local" encryption. However, they also stated that they wouldn't be encrypted unless I was prompted about it. So, there's this mystery about how these USB drives came to be locked.
I've been doing some research and the closest I've come is getting some output about the protectors:

Code:
c:\Windows\System32>manage-bde -protectors g: -get
BitLocker Drive Encryption: Configuration Tool version 10.0.10011
Copyright (C) 2013 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Volume G: [Label Unknown]
All Key Protectors
Numerical Password:
ID: {27319850-4EB5-42AC-9BA5-1C0CCB997EE7}
External Key:
ID: {A4A49BE5-70A4-4388-8B2F-8C13B1CA765C}
External Key File Name:
A4A49BE5-70A4-4388-8B2F-8C13B1CA765C.BEK

I've tried to copy the .bek file to another non-encrypted/locked USB but get... Read more

Answer:Unable to unlock USB drives encrypted/locked with Bitlocker To Go

Hi there

assuming the drives aren't encrypted then a Linux Distro should rescue you here.

Boot up any Linux Live CD - Linux Mint is a good one. Plug your USB in - should be recognized as an NTFS / FAT32 drive. Use the built in file manager (If the KDE desktop then DOLPHIN is the file manager - works and looks fairly similar to Windows / File explorer). Copy what you need or delete other stuff you don't need.

I don't think there's Windows fixes for this.

To make a Linux bootable USB stick I recommend download this ISO (Linux mint Rosa 17.3 x-64 KDE)

Linux Mint 17.3 "Rosa" - KDE (64-bit) - Linux Mint

Then use (on windows) RUFUS to make bootable USB stick.

Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way

Boot the USB stick, plug your other stuff in and use DOLPHIN to get your data. Linux reads and writes Windows file formats.

Here's an example of DOLPHIN reading an HP 64GB USB stick that I couldn't access with windows -



Cheers
jimbo

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Hey All,

Recently my company provided me with a Windows 10 SOE image as part of a UAT. The image includes Symantec Endpoint Encryption which utilizes Bitlocker for encryption.

I went through all of the motions with the C:\ drive to be encrypted and even printed the recovery key. Well, at some point I plugged in a few My Passport USB drives and they became locked by Bitlocker To Go. Everytime I try to unlock or click on these drives it asks for the 48-bit key which I don't have because I never was prompted to encrypt/lock these drives.





IT says that there are no keys stored on the servers for these USB drives and suggested that this would be a "local" encryption. However, they also stated that they wouldn't be encrypted unless I was prompted about it. So, there's this mystery about how these USB drives came to be locked.
I've been doing some research and the closest I've come is getting some output about the protectors:

Code:
c:\Windows\System32>manage-bde -protectors g: -get
BitLocker Drive Encryption: Configuration Tool version 10.0.10011
Copyright (C) 2013 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Volume G: [Label Unknown]
All Key Protectors
Numerical Password:
ID: {27319850-4EB5-42AC-9BA5-1C0CCB997EE7}
External Key:
ID: {A4A49BE5-70A4-4388-8B2F-8C13B1CA765C}
External Key File Name:
A4A49BE5-70A4-4388-8B2F-8C13B1CA765C.BEK

I've tried to copy the .bek file to another non-encrypted/locked USB but get... Read more

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I am currently using the Windows 10 Enterprise Evaluation (90-day trial licence). I am trying out Windows 10 to evaluate the Bitlocker encryption and storage pool features. I am nearing the end of my trial period and will need to purchase a license to continue using Windows.

I understand that there is no way to continue to use my existing installation of Windows 10 Enterprise after the trial ends, and that I will need to wipe the OS and clean install (a regular non-enterprise version of) Windows.

I would like to purchase Windows 10 Pro and install that.

I currently have the OS on a SSD, and two (other) hard drives configured as a bitlocker encrypted storage pool for my data. What will happen to my existing bitlocker encrypted storage pool after I wipe the OS (SSD) and clean install Windows 10 Pro? Will the new install of Windows see my encrypted storage pool and allow me to use my password to unlock it?

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I am currently using the Windows 10 Enterprise Evaluation (90-day trial licence). I am trying out Windows 10 to evaluate the Bitlocker encryption and storage pool features. I am nearing the end of my trial period and will need to purchase a license to continue using Windows.

I understand that there is no way to continue to use my existing installation of Windows 10 Enterprise after the trial ends, and that I will need to wipe the OS and clean install (a regular non-enterprise version of) Windows.

I would like to purchase Windows 10 Pro and install that.

I currently have the OS on a SSD, and two (other) hard drives configured as a bitlocker encrypted storage pool for my data. What will happen to my existing bitlocker encrypted storage pool after I wipe the OS (SSD) and clean install Windows 10 Pro? Will the new install of Windows see my encrypted storage pool and allow me to use my password to unlock it?

Answer:existing bitlocker encrypted storage pool after re-installation of OS

Hello zeb1s, and welcome to Ten Forums.

If you like, you could use the method in the tutorial below to directly downgrade from Enterprise to Pro without losing anything or affecting your BitLocker encrypted storage pool.

Downgrade Windows 10 Enterprise to Windows 10 Pro Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials

To be extra safe, you should backup your BitLocker recovery key to another drive (ex: USB flash drive) than your Windows drive or storage pool.

Backup BitLocker Recovery Key in Windows 10 Windows 10 Security System Tutorials

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We have a ThinkPad x230 with Bitlocker encrypted. Laptop is using TPMandPin is used. OS is Windows 8The issue now, we reach the tpm wrong pin threshold and last Sunday laptop got lock and we are able to only open it after the lockout state Monday afternoon. To be honest I'm not aware of this TPM behavior. So the user really want to show me what happen so we reproduce and intentionally put a wrong pin.Now, laptop is still not accessible until this time. The thing is, we cleared the tpm from bios. So even using the correct pin, it tells you that it's a wrong pin.Apparently, the recovery password was taken forgranted and we don't have a copy.I was hoping someone can provide more information on how to tacle this and ultimately be able to recover the laptop.

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I need to recover a Word document. I have auto-save on my computer but I so not find an earlier version. I accidentally saved over the old document. However, both the original document and the new saved one were in my USB. Is there any way I can recover my file? Please help and thank you in advance
 

Answer:Recover Previously Saved Document

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Hello Windows 7 Forum,

I'm not sure if this is the right section to be posting this thread, so mods please move this if there is a more appropriate place for it.

Here is my situation: I recently received a copy of Windows 7 Pro from the Microsoft Academic Alliance through my college and had installed it on a spare HDD in my computer. Recently I have upgraded my mother board, and naturally, I needed to reinstall windows. Since I had activated windows before switching my mobo, Windows will not let me reuse the key I received from the Academic Alliance.

Is there anyway to retrieve my key to reactivate without having to buy a new one, or am I SoL?

Any help would be great, and please let me know if I can further clarify.

Thanks

_Casey_

Answer:How to recover a previously activated product key?

Normally a mobo change will be too big a hardware change to allow the reuse of the same key without an activation call to MS which is elevated to a person. That person makes the determination.

Have you spoken to the MS activation rep yet?

Most manufacturers replace with the same mobo for this reason, since it can be a key-killer.

I know it can be done because when the Geek Squad replaced a mobo for a friend last summer, they told him they have a way to reactivate the OS reinstall with a new mobo. So I would call around to several of them ("polling the Geek Squad" I call it) to find out how.

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I do not quite know what led to this, but whenever I try to log into my Windows 7 Ultimate, I'm met with some windows boot fixer thing that is automatically launched every time, but always fails. This happens for safe mode with command prompt as well.

My issue is that I have a few folders on a different hard drive possibly using windows 7's encryption services, and I haven't recovered my key for it yet.

What can I do to take the encryption key data if I am having trouble booting into windows?

Answer:I can't boot into Windows. Encrypted data folders in jeopardy.

means Bitlocker or something else
sorry i cant understood

if its bitlocker issue
then simply unplug ur HDD and plug it to another PC( Widnows pc only lolz ) via sata or USB adaptor
then enter pass and decrypt u r hdd

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How do I get back the files that were in an encrypted folder in Windows XP? I went to the User I used to encrypt them (right click on folder->encrypt folder and subfolders) and undid that option, but even though the folder and subfolders are no longer listed in green color (the color of encrypted folders) the files themselves are still gone, just the folders themselves remain, but no files at all that used to be visible in those folders. I hate encryption. I never thought it meant "hide these files from everyone, including ME." It's so stupid. How do I decrypt my folders, or, perhaps more accurately, how do I decrypt the files that used to be visible inside the folders and subfolders in the previously-encrypted folder? I even did the lengthy thing related to Certificates and still the files themselves are hidden from me. And they're not simply "hidden files" because I tried that option in options->View but it didn't do the trick. There's gotta be another way.
Thanks

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