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New volume error message: The media is write protected

My customer has several volumes on his Windows computer. In order to test something, I'm trying to get the same situation, so I have shrunken my main disk (C:-drive) and created a new volume (on the D:...
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BitLocker Encryption Stuck on 0.9%

As the title says, bitlocker encryption for my drive is at 0.9%, after running for many combined hours. Running many commands that interact with bitlocker or the drive hang the console and all other ...
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My pendrive is not visible in any pc

I'm trying to remove BitLocker from my pendrive, when this process is going on sudden power outage occurred my system suddenly shutdown and when I open the pc again the pendrive was not detected and ...
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How to repair a corrupted partition table of a Bitlocker encrypted disk? [duplicate]

Assuming a disk was full-disk encrypted using Bitlocker and the partition table is corrupted or entirely missing. Is it possible in any way to recover from this, and if so how? Given that the original ...
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How to properly determine if an Bitlocker encrypted disk has a corrupted partition table? [duplicate]

Background: A Bitlocker encrypted hard disk (5TB WD Elements HDD USB) was accidentally wiped partially using the wiping tool Eraser Classic Portable (using the US DoD 7 passes method). The wiping ...
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How to identify a GUID of a corrupted Bitlocker disk in order to find the corresponding Bitlocker recovery key?

I have a situation where I have access to a huge list of Bitlocker recovery keys but only the combination of the identifier (GUID) and recovery key are available. However the disk in question is ...
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I need to recover files from a computer that I deleted files from and then emptied the recycle bin on [duplicate]

Work sent me a new windows laptop. I thought I moved all of the files that I needed, but I now need to recover some more. When I thought I had gotten them all I deleted the files from the old laptop. ...
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Enable BitLocker full disk encryption with manage-bde or PowerShell

Contrary to the documentation for both manage-bde and Enable-BitLocker, only Used Space Only encryption is used on a disk with the following commands even though the -UsedSpaceOnly parameter is not ...
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enforce password complexity requirement for bitlocker passwords

I have new disk partition and I am trying to enforce a password complexity for bitlocker but it doesn't seem to work. What I tried: In group policy editor Computer Configuration -> Windows ...
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Does Windows multi boot share BitLocker key from the TPM?

I want to use an application that requires kernel access and can't be run on a VM, but I want to isolate it from my day-to-day environment, without buying a whole new PC for it. I thought about using ...
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I can format the BitLocker encrypted without unlocking it. But I saw lots of articles on internet which say I can't do it?

I can format the BitLocker encrypted drive without unlocking it. But I saw lots of articles on internet which say I can't do it. Is there any damage to my drive if I format it on locked state? Looking ...
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Enable BitLocker through Powershell script avoiding startup authentication

I'm working on a PowerShell script to enable BitLocker in all the endpoints of our organization, including ones which are not connected to domain(accessing private network). I don't want to use TPM ...
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How do I use Bitlocker on a mapped drive?

The drive is a usb attached to my router and has been mapped as a drive. It shows and works fine from explorer. But when I open Bitlocker from control panel I cannot see the drive Thanks :-)
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Device encryption no longer available after SSD migration

I have a Galaxy Book2 Pro with Windows 11 Home that I've exchanged SSD for and now I can't re-enable device encryption. The steps I did for the SSD change: Turned of device encryption for old SSD ...
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WIN11 data decryption stuck and system frozen

I'm currently dealing with a significant problem on my ASUS laptop, which seems to stem from possible hardware malfunctions coupled with Windows 11 altering crucial settings without my permission. ...
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Why is Windows not booting (boot loop) after accepting a BitLocker PIN after having completed BIOS CMS work?

Occasionally one might need to boot into an application that requires CMS mode in BIOS to be enabled (like SpinRite.) Since most Windows modern installation are UEFI with Secure Boot, this requires ...
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I have the correct recovery key for Bitlocker but can't access the OS/Drive

I had one Windows on one hard drive and then installed a second windows on another drive. So I had two Windows two boot on one or another (both Windows 11) Then I Bitlocker the second drive directly ...
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Windows 11 pro with Bitlocker setup

I would like to protect my Windows 11 Pro desktop and laptop with Bitlocker and password/pin. Here's my struggle after I encryped the drive and want to protect the drives in the case the entire pc is ...
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Activate Bitlocker on Windows 11 Home

Short history For one of our customers, they have a Windows Surface 8 and upon buying it, they logged in using a Microsoft Account. This personal account has the same email address as their business ...
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Does encrypting full drive with BitLocker secure-wipe the drive?

Say I have a storage device that I want to use with my Windows 10 machine. I have some sensitive data on the drive and I would like to wipe the drive before using it. Normally I just use dd to fill ...
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Powershell: How to unlock bitlocker encrypted drive simple way?

Is it possible to unlock a bitlocker encrypted drive in a simple way? In the command line I would use something like: manage-bde -unlock -pw d: and next type the password. But for powershell the best ...
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Security of an encrypted partition in a flash drive

I have a flash drive that I carry with me everywhere in a keyring for convenient access to personal files on other people's computers. In the past, these flash drives tend to get lost as they break ...
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How did bitlocker instantly encrypt my drive and why doesn't it ask for password to boot the PC?

I've got a decently recent Lenovo laptop from my workplace with most of the current acronyms on it - like TPM, UEFI and NVME. It also has Windows 11. The company is not large and only recently have we ...
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When I do a fresh install of win11 from usb stick, why is bitlocker enabled?

asking for a friend, doing clean install of win11, & logging in with MS account, it setups bitlocker, without being asked, and it doesn't save the key to the MS account, nor does it prompt you to ...
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How do I enable BitLocker only in "clear key" mode?

I have some laptops that come with a form of BitLocker enabled where the data on the drive is encrypted but there is no key protector set, i.e. there is no dependency on any password, TPM, etc., to ...
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Win32_EncryptableVolume and Bitlocker

I am playing around trying to learn the Win32_EncryptableVolume class functionality (https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/win32/secprov/win32-encryptablevolume). I have created a VM for the ...
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Is it possible to partition a drive that has Bitlocker encryption on Windows 11 Pro? [duplicate]

I'm currently using Bitlocker encrypted SSD. And system is on it. It's single partition and the entire disk is encrypted. I'd like to split the single partition into two partitions while enabling ...
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USB bitlocker recovery key not working & Bitlocker doesn't detect USB key

I have Bitlocker recovery keys saved to my USB drive. They unlock my SSD. I know these are the correct keys, because the Identifier in the recovery key text file on the USB matches the Identifier that ...
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Bitlocker won't let me continue, but there is no hard drive to be bitlocked?

New to me university surplus laptop (Lenovo Thinkpad). No hard drive came with it. When I tried to start up from the USB stick to install Windows on my blank hard drive, bitlocker jumped in and tried ...
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Bitlocker stopped midway during encoding leaving the Drive unaccessible: appears as locked but BitLocker reports it as Fully-Unlocked but No Size

This occurred in a new Dell Optiplex 7000 after a mandatory BIOS upgrade. It seems that (probably) the new BIOS (DELL SafeBIOS) triggered some silent (no warning) Bitlocker process which affected my ...
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Suspending Bitlocker protection: how is the clear key "erased" afterwards?

According to the Bitlocker FAQs: Suspend keeps the data encrypted but encrypts the BitLocker volume master key with a clear key. The clear key is a cryptographic key stored unencrypted and ...
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Able to unlock BitLocker drive, but unable to obtain the 48-digit recovery key

I'm trying to obtain the 48-digit BitLocker recovery key from a failed drive. Here's what happened: Windows 10 Professional was installed on a Samsung 980 Pro 2TB drive. The login was a local user ...
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Bitlocker recovery key after motherboard replacement

If I suspend the BitLocker before the replacement of motherboard of my laptop, would it ask for BitLocker-recovery-key if I turn on the laptop after motherboard's replacement?
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Bitlocker Encryption will not complete, completely locks up

I am trying to encrypt an external HDD with BitLocker, but for some reason the process crashed at 89.2%. I rebooted & removed and re-attached the disk (since bitlocker was completely locked up; ...
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Is TPM-only Bitlocker protecting multiple hard drives in case of a stolen computer?

How exactly does Bitlocker work in TPM-only mode, when I not only encrypt the boot drive but also other drives with data? If someone steals the whole computer he can't login, due to a windows password....
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BIOS damage/change or virus: BIOS password not appearing and bitlocker suddenly asking for encryption phrase

Approximately 2 years ago I set up my PC (Windows) as follows: I set up a BIOS password. I encrypted the whole system with a bitlocker password, so I need to enter a bitlocker password. Usually when ...
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Bitlocker suddenly activated on my machine, prompting for recovery key that I don't have

I've run into a very strange problem with my Lenovo laptop (Windows 10 Home) and although people say it's not possible, it still happened. I have been using my laptop for over two years and have not ...
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If I deleted a partition, will that delete the data on this partition?

I installed Ubuntu alongside Windows 11, but I forgot to turn off BitLocker. Ubuntu was installed "successfully", but I wasn't able to dual boot, so I deleted the partitions assigned to ...
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Restore Windows 10 on BitLocker Locked Drive

So, a small amount of backstory. I obtained a secondhand Dell Inspiron laptop some time ago, cleaned up Windows on it, and then gave it to my fiance. She didn't need to use it for a while, and while ...
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How can I prevent BitLocker asking for recovery key every time?

Recently when I tried to boot Windows, BitLocker asked me to enter the recovery key every single time after I entered the PIN. My machine is a Fujitsu Lifebook E547, which uses UEFI with Secure Boot ...
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REAGENTC.EXE thinks i have bitlocker encryption enabled but the Mange BitLocker control panel dialog does not think it's enabled?

I was trying to do a factory restore on my laptop and was getting a "Could Not Find the Recovery Environment" error. A Google search suggested I run reagentc/enable on the command line to ...
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Keyboard pre-boot doesn't work properly

I want to encrypt my windows but I cannot because when typing the password at boot, it types multiple characters for each click. E.g. typing "Hello" will type actually "...
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Feeding Bitlocker with a startup key from a network service

I am trying to bind Bitlocker operations (specifically booting Windows) with some form of network presence. In other words, I want to set-up some form of 2FA (via the network) to allow booting Windows....
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How to restore a backup from an bitlocker encrypted disk

I use the native Windows 11 backup app to make a full backup of my machine onto an external disk which is bitlocker secured. The backup tool i use is called "Backup and Restore (Windows 7)" (...
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Unlocking mulitple bitlocker encrypted devices at system startup

There are two partitions on the single disk in my Thinkpad, one for Windows 10 Pro (C:), and one for the data (D:). I'm thinking about enrcypting both disks using windows bitlocker. All documentation ...
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Can I move the EFI system partition on a computer with an encrypted Windows installation?

I have a Windows 10 installation with a password BitLocker (no TPM) enabled. What I didn't notice at the time of installing is that Windows used an EFI partition that was present on another disk. I'd ...
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Why would computer technician want my bitlocker key after GPU repair & SSD replacement? (Laptop)

My laptop has been in the local repair store now for three months - the GPU was resoldered and stencilled. During the repair I damaged the SSD at home and the laptop wouldn’t boot. They tried to ...
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Is it safe to use Windows 11 Mirror Storage Spaces with BitLocker Auto-Unlock

There have been reports from a few years back (albeit both about Windows 10, not 11) regarding some issues / incompatibilities that lead to data loss / corruption of using Windows Storage Spaces where ...
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Need Assistance with NordLocker and BitLocker Interaction Issue

I'm encountering a perplexing issue related to NordLocker and BitLocker on my USB drive, and I'm seeking some guidance and assistance to resolve it. Despite my efforts, I haven't been able to get this ...
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Is it possible to fix boot on (probably corrupted) bitlocker+tpm encrypted win11 partition?

I have a dual-boot ubunntu+win11 setup on my drive. Out of sudden, after normal shutdown, next day neither the grub nor windows boot manager could boot. After running fsck from ubuntu live usb, ubuntu ...
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