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I need to fully reinstall a Windows 7 on a laptop. Problem is the other partition is encrypted on Bitlocker I'm kinda worried that it may no longer be accessible after i reformat the main partition and install Windows 7.

Is it safe to do a reformat+reinstall on this machine? Or should I removed the bitlocker encryption first?

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The ability to read a bitlocker volume is independent of the OS, as long as the OS is bitlocker capable. Once you install Windows 7 again, you will be able to access the bitlocker encrypted partition as you did before. Check out the FAQ from MS.

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