Bitlocker(Windows 8 Pro) - Your recovery key couldn't be saved to this location. Please choose a different location.

Trying to encrypt my primary partition with Bitlocker, when prompted for the location to save my Recovery Key to I am unable to select any of the three options.  Save to Microsoft Account, Save to file, and Print all result in the error "Your recovery key couldn't be saved to this location. Please choose a different location."


This error only effects my primary partition, I am assuming this has something to do with either the TPM chip. 


Any ideas on how to work around this?


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Last updated January 23, 2019 Views 2,496 Applies to:

 Hi s0v3r1gn,

Thank you for posting in Microsoft community!

I understand that you are having issues with Bitlocker. I will try to help you resolve the issue as soon as possible.

Scenario 1: You do not have sufficient free disk space
At least 10 percent of the active partition must remain free after the partition size is reduced by 1.5 gigabytes (GB). To resolve this error, move files to another partition or delete files.

Scenario 2: The partition contains files that cannot be moved
The BitLocker Drive Preparation Tool may resize partitions to prepare a hard disk for BitLocker. Occasionally, some unmovable files may prevent the tool from defragmenting and resizing partitions. These files may include any of the following items:
•Page files
•Hibernation files (Hiberfil.sys)
•The registry
•NTFS metadata files. These files include the following files and others: ◦$mftmirr

Please refer the article below:

Announcing Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) 2.0 - Beta 2

Please post back if you are still experiencing the issue. I will be glad to provide you with the additional options available that you can utilize to get the issue resolved.
Abdul Raqeeb Kola
Former Microsoft Senior Support Engineer/ Sr. Blogger

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