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Is there any way I can access a bitlocker encrypted Windows 7 drive from Linux? I am not using TPM and I do have the key on a USB thumbdrive. So I have all the pieces.

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You can try dislocker.

This driver uses a USB key (actually the specific .bek file on the USB drive) to decrypt a Win7 volume, so it's seem to fit your need and capacities.

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Thanks very much for your answer. While I did manage to recover my data a while back - I think this seems to answer the question - though I have yet to test –  nwaltham Oct 22 '12 at 9:32
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There are currently no Bitlocker drivers on Linux, so that is a no.

Though, you could fire up a VM and access it from there.

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And after you access it, I would recommend switching to truecrypt truecrypt.org which works better and works in Linux also. –  jhcaiced Dec 4 '11 at 17:36
    
I wouldn't go that far, considering we know nothing of the user's work pattern. But fanboys will be fanboys. –  surfasb Dec 4 '11 at 22:23
    
Thank you. Good Idea -- I will try with a VM –  nwaltham Dec 7 '11 at 6:24
    
No problem. Keep on trucking. . . –  surfasb Dec 7 '11 at 9:46
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