Forgot your Bitlocker password for flash drive

Forgot your Bitlocker password for flash drive
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This guide is part of the BitLocker series

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Make: encryption

Model / Product: BitLocker

Version: Windows 7 Ultimate

Objective / Info: Regain access to a flash drive without the password, that has been previously encrypted using BitLocker on a computer running Windows 7 Ultimate and change the password.


1
Plug the encrypted flash drive into the computer.

2
You should be prompted for the password. Click the "I forgot my password" link.
3
Select the "Type the Recovery Key" option.
4
This should take you to the Recovery Key screen. Type the recovery key and click the "Next" button.
  Note : This should have been created during the encryption process. If you do not have this information, you cannot use this process.

5
If you need to see the Full recover key identification, press the "More Information" button.
  Note : If you know the recovery key, proceed to step 7.

6
You should see the full recovery key.
7
After you enter the recovery key, you should see a notice explaining your level of access as temporary and offering 2 choices. Click the "Manage BitLocker" link.
  Note : You can click the "Finish" button to access the flash drives contents right away without changing the password but this isn't recommended.

8
Click the "Change Password to unlock the drive" link.
9
Change your password.
10
You should be prompted that the password was changed successfully. Click the "OK" button.
11
Close any remaining BitLocker windows and access the flash drive. You should now have full access to the contents of the flash drive. This task should be complete, if not, review the steps.

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