Is there any way to improve the reliability of Windows Reset when you have bitlocker drives, for example can you verify the recovery usb drive before starting?

I'm not sure if I've just been unlucky but I have needed to reset Windows 10 a few times on two different laptops. In both cases the laptops were protected by bitlocker.

What I did

I created a USB recovery drive, booted from it and tried to reset windows completely (losing the bitlocker encryption).

It's always taken me a few attempts to get this to work - usually involving dropping to the command line and using diskpart to delete the partition. It would be useful to know if there is a way to simplify this process but that's not my main question.

Eventually having got past that stage I start the windows reinstall from the recovery usb. In both cases the recovery failed around the 95% mark repeatedly. After around 5-10 attempts I eventually managed to get the system back up and running.

I used good quality USB drives (Sandisk 16Gb and 32Gb high speed) in both cases. This was with different laptops and different usb drives and since I had to do this several times with different usb drives I doubt I had a bad usb drive in every case.

I couldn't see anyway to verify the recovery drive - is ths possible? I suspect it's windows that's at fault since eventually it worked but I don't know what I could do to improve the success rate.

I'm also assuming it's bitlocker that is the cause of this problem since I assume most people are able to use windows recovery without problems.

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    Your question is unclear, and the lack of structure makes this wall of text even harder to understand. – harrymc Feb 10 at 18:35
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    Please clarify your specific problem or add additional details to highlight exactly what you need – Ramhound Feb 10 at 20:29
  • Are you asking if there is a way to verify the integrity of the BitLocker recovery drive or the Windows installation drive? The Media Creation Tool performs any required verification. It is not normal to have to Reset a device multiple times. Having to use Reset as a means to repair a Windows installation points to a storage device failure. – Ramhound Feb 11 at 19:15

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