I forgot my bitlocker password (drive) and don't have any recovery key, what should I do now?

Tejas Pathade 1 Reputation point
2021-07-04T08:39:51.223+00:00

I forgot my bitlocker password (drive) and don't have any recovery key, what should I do now?

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  1. Andreas Baumgarten 98,621 Reputation points MVP
    2021-07-04T11:31:37.58+00:00

    Hi @Tejas Pathade ,

    if you don't have the password or recovery key you won't be able to access the data on the drive.
    Means: The data on the bitlocker encrypted disk will stay encrypted and cant be accessed

    That's the main feature of Bitlocker: Keep data encrypted if no password or Recovery Key is used.

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    Andreas Baumgarten

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  2. Percival Yang 721 Reputation points
    2021-07-05T06:25:39.627+00:00

    Hi,
    Thanks for posting this question. Please don’t give up until you have tried all of the following methods. Maybe you have omitted one of them. Especially it might be stored on your MS account.

    The link below contains detailed description and approaches to saving and retrieving bitlocker recovery key.
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/find-my-bitlocker-recovery-key-fd2b3501-a4b9-61e9-f5e6-2a545ad77b3e

    In the end, if unfortunately, you fail to retrieve the recovery key, I’m afraid there is no way to get access to the data on the drive. However, you can still choose to use the drive by format or delete all partitions.
    After formatting the drive. There is definitely no chance to recovery any data.

    Hope this can help you
    If your need further help, be free reply to me at your convenience.

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