BitLocker unilaterally locked my external hard drive

Liebes 1 Reputation point

BitLocker locked my external hard drive without being asked

I installed an NVME m.2 SSD in a laptop and loaded a bunch of content onto it. Used it fine for several months. I then sold the laptop, removed the hard drive, and installed it in my desktop only to discovered that the drive was now encrypted by BitLocker. This was a shock to me, because until this point, I had never even heard of BitLocker. I removed the hard drive and tried installing it in several other computers, but it remains locked everywhere. Unfortunately, I sold the original laptop before this problem came up, so I cannot test the drive in that computer.

Once again, I can assure you all that I have no recovery keys, because as I said, I did not lock the device, nor had I ever even heard of BitLocker until this time. (I checked anyway, there are not recovery keys to be found).

Is there any way to unlock this drive, or am I screwed and will have to format the drive to get access back?

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  1. Dillon Silzer 54,831 Reputation points

    Hi @Liebes

    Unfortunately if you do not have the BitLocker key, you will have to format the drive to be able to use this drive again.


    If this is helpful please accept answer.

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