Diana Cline 1 Reputation point

URGENT REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE: had I known any of this I would never have purchased this type of USB drive.

Last Friday (7/30/2021) I was leaving the company I worked for and asked if I could save my personal folder (from the company issued laptop) to a USB drive. I was given permission to save my folder. When I inserted the usb drive it forcibly encrypted the usb drive. I didn't know it would be saving the recovery key and password to the hard drive until I started searching three days ago, for ways to access the data I saved to the USB. I do not have access to the company issued laptop anymore. I absolutely need to retrieve the data on the USB. I've viewed about 2 dozen videos of how to unlock the bitlocker usb. none of them pertain to my situation.

Does anyone know how to unlock the bitlocker encrypted USB drive without a password, without the recovery key and without the original computer from which I saved the files? HELP very important.

Thank you for your help!

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  1. Andreas Baumgarten 98,446 Reputation points MVP

    Hi @Diana Cline ,

    based in this three facts

    • without a password
    • without the recovery key
    • without the original computer

    you won't be able to decrypt the USB stick.

    For exactly this kind of scenario the bitlocker encryption for usb sticks is made/designed for:

    • Someone lost the encrypted usb stick somewhere
    • Someone else found the usb stick and without password/recovery key he can't get access to the encrypted data

    Sorry for no better news.


    (If the reply was helpful please don't forget to upvote and/or accept as answer, thank you)

    Andreas Baumgarten

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  2. MTG 1,196 Reputation points

    Diana, could you share feedback on the suggestions, please?

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