Access BitLocker Encrypted Drive Externally

Here at work we sometimes have to remove internal hard drives and access them externally on another computer using a SATA-USB cable. Say windows is hosed we will do this to try to recover the users files then give the user back there files.

So I was hoping that I could take the encrypted drive connect it to another Win7 box and it prompt for a recovery key or something but that didnt work. the drive couldn't be initialized. I have the recovery key from Active Directory for the drive, but Im guessing the only way would be for us to decrypt the drive and then get the files. But what if we cant boot Windows, can we decrypt the drive another way, like a boot disk?

That all sounds a little rambled, but basically just trying to access an internal hard using an external adapter on another computer using the recovery key. Or decrypting a drive using the key without booting windows.

Yes, yes I know that sounds a bit suspicious but I assure you its not. Im not trying to break the BitLocker encryption or circumvent anything. We constantly have hard drives die or Windows be unrecoverable and we can normally recover files with a internal drive connected externally, but with our company moving to Win7 we wanted to see if we could do this without fully decrypting the drive. Otherwise we will just fully decrypt the drive.

 

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Hi Amazingracer – Welcome to Microsoft Answers Community.

The following might help:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/enterprise/products/windows-7/features.aspx
http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/window-on-windows/?p=1176
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/6229/how-to-use-bitlocker-on-drives-without-tpm/

I hope you find this information useful. If you need any further assistance,
please feel free to contact me and let me know.

I hope this information was helpful…

Have a nice day…

Best regards,
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Thanks for the quick response. Unfortunately this isnt a BitLocker to Go drive. Its the actual OS drive. Also we use BitLocker with a TPM too. So when its conencted it just shows up in Disk Management as an unintiliaized disk and when I try to initialize it, it says device not ready.

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Thanks for the quick response. Unfortunately this isnt a BitLocker to Go drive. Its the actual OS drive. Also we use BitLocker with a TPM too. So when its conencted it just shows up in Disk Management as an unintiliaized disk and when I try to initialize it, it says device not ready.

I suggest you follow the following steps
which are provided here: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/window-on-windows/?p=1176


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Thanks for the quick response. Unfortunately this isnt a BitLocker to Go drive. Its the actual OS drive. Also we use BitLocker with a TPM too. So when its conencted it just shows up in Disk Management as an unintiliaized disk and when I try to initialize it, it says device not ready.

BitLocker™ To Go will prepare your driver and make it ready
for BitLocker™ encryption.

The BitLocker™ To Go Reader helps you unlock the encrypted
driver on a new machine: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/what-is-the-bitlocker-to-go-reader

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This isnt a Bit Locker to Go drive. It a BitLocker Encrypted OS Hard Drive. Its not USB or anything. Its a SATA drive that I have attached a SATA to USB adapter to. So it does not provide any bitlocker to go prompts or anything. My computer wont even assign it a drive letter because its not initialized in disk management. I cant do anything with it at all, because I cant initialize it.

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This isnt a Bit Locker to Go drive. It a BitLocker Encrypted OS Hard Drive. Its not USB or anything. Its a SATA drive that I have attached a SATA to USB adapter to. So it does not provide any bitlocker to go prompts or anything. My computer wont even assign it a drive letter because its not initialized in disk management. I cant do anything with it at all, because I cant initialize it.

Use GParted in Ubuntu (A free Linux Distro).

Download Ubuntu ISO Live CD version and burn it to a CD:
http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download

Read more here:
http://gparted.sourceforge.net/
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