I used the windows 7 Release Candidate when it came out, which included in it the BitLocker software. I must have set it to encrypt my drive and I've completely forgotten about it when I ended up buying the professional version of Windows 7 when it was finally released and the RC was no longer valid.
As I obviously was over keen and had forgotten about the encryption, I then lost access to the encrypted drive.
How can I recover data from the disk? Assuming that it is locked to my computer and/or username/password (which is the same on this install) what are my options?
The three obvious ones I can see are
- buy bitlocker separately
- buy an upgrade to windows 7
- somehow try to decrypt the drive with known password.