How to recover data from corrupted/damaged BitLocker encrypted external hard drive?

Many people like use BitLocker Drive Encryption to encrypt their external hard drive on Windows in order to protect personal data from being stolen by others. The only way to access an encrypted external hard drive is to type correct password so as to decrypt the external hard drive. Sometimes you can't access the encrypted external hard drive any more even if you have entered the correct password. Why? This is usually caused by the following reasons:
1. The file system of the encrypted external hard drive is corrupted due to unsafely unplug the external hard drive.
2. The hard drive is attacked by virus, after which the file system of the hard drive is corrupted. Therefore, you are unable to decrypt the hard drive even with a correct password.
3. Probably, you may be unable to decrypt hard drive on Windows due to many other reasons such as system reinstalling, Windows system crash, etc.

 

Then the issue comes. How can we recover data from a corrupted/damaged BitLocker encrypted external hard drive? Here, you can find a simple and effective method to recover your lost data from a corrupted/damaged BitLocker encrypted external hard drive by using a professional BitLocker Data Recovery software Hasleo Data Recovery.

 

User Guide: How to recover data from BitLocker encrypted external hard drive with Hasleo Data Recovery?

 

Step 1: Choose BitLocker Data Recovery

 

Download, install and run Hasleo Data Recovery. And you will see a screen with many options of recovery. Please select BitLocker Data Recovery mode.

 

select bitlocker data recovery mode

 

Step 2: Select the drive to Scan

 

1. Please select the hard drive where you accidentally delete or lose the BitLocker encrypted partition, then click "Scan" button to find all BitLocker encrypted partitions on the device.

 

select disk to scan bitlocker partition

 

2. Hasleo Data Recovery will list all found BitLocker encrypted partitions on the target device.

 

select bitlocker encrypted partition

 

3. After the deleted or lost Bitlocker encrypted partition is found, double click it, a pop-up window will appear asking you to enter the BitLocker password or BitLocker recovery key. Enter the password or recovery key and then click "OK" button, if the password or key matches, Hasleo Data Recovery will start scanning lost files.

 

enter bitlocker password

 

Step 3: Preview and Recover Deleted Files

 

There will be a list of files found by the software, you can preview found files by path and types. Select the files you want to recover and click "Recover" button to save them. If some files are not found, please click "Deep Scan" button to start the Deep Scan Recovery process, deep scan takes more time, but can find much more lost files

 

preview lost files

 

Please note that:
1. Bitlocker metadata must be intact: Bitlocker metadata was used to store the password and 48-digits recovery key when encrypting the drive with Bitlocker. In some situations, Bitlocker metadata has been corrupted so that lost data cannot be recovered even if you have correct password or recovery key.
2. Have correct password or 48-digits recovery key: The password or 48-digits recovery key is used to decrypt data from Bitlocker encrypted drive after the password or 48-digits recovery key you enter matches the password or 48-digits recovery key stored in Bitlocker metadata.
3. Don't save the recovered files to the partition where your lost files originally located. This prevents your data from geting overwriten.

 

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