iSumsoft » Resources » Windows 10 » Back up BitLocker Recovery Key for Encrypted Drive

How to Back up BitLocker Recovery Key for Encrypted Drive

Here provides three methods to back up recovery key of a drive encrypted by BitLocker in Windows 10/8.1/7:

3 Methods to Back up BitLocker Recovery Key for Drives

If you forgot password and lost the BitLocker recovery key for an encrypted drive, you would lose all your data on the drive. Because if you want to unlocked a BitLocker-encrypted drive without password and recovery key, you have to format the drive. In order to avoid such tragedy happening, master several methods to back up BitLocker recovery keys is necessary


Method 1: To Back up BitLocker Recovery Key in Manage BitLocker

Step 1: Go to This PC/My Computer, right click on the encrypted drive to select Manage BitLocker.

manage-bitlocker

Step 2: On BitLocker Drive Encryption panel, click on Back up your recovery key link.

manage-bitlocker

Step 3: Select the way you want to back up your BitLocker recovery key for this drive.

save-recovery-key

Step 4: Click on Finish when you have finished backing up your recovery key.

Tip: For Windows 8.1/10, it's recommanded to save to your Microsoft account. If you forgot password, you can easily retrieve BitLocker recovery key for encrypted drive.

For Windows 7, it's recommended to store the recovery key separate from your computer, save to USB flash drive is the best choice, if you need the recovery key to unlock an encrypted drive, it'll be safer and more handy.

usb-bitlocker-recovery-key


Method 2: To Back up BitLocker Recovery Key in Command Prompt

You can back up recovery key by using the command line utility-----manage-bde. Let's see how to do:

Step 1: Open Command Prompt, and run it as an adminisrator.

In Windows 8/10, press shortcut key Win + X, select Command Prompt (Admin).

open-command-prompt-admin

In Windows 7, go to Start, type in Command prompt in Search box, then Run as administrator.

open-command-prompt

Step 2: In the Administrator Command Prompt Window, execute command below and then hit Enter.

manage-bde -protectors -get F: > %UserProfile%\Desktop\BitLocker_Recovery_Key.txt

bitlocker-recovery-key-command

Tip: F is the letter of the drive that you want to back up BitLocker recovery key

Step 3: Then the BitLocker recovery key for the drive will now be saved to a BitLocker_Recover_Key.txt file created on your desktop. 

recovery-key-text-file-in-your-pc

Tip: You can r move this .TXT file to a safe location, such as save it to a USB file or upload it to evernote.


Method 3: To back up BitLocker Recovery Key in PowerShell

Step 1: Open All apps in the Start menu

Scroll down and expand open the Windows PowerShell folder, right click on Windows PowerShell, click on Run as administrator.

open-elevated-powershell

Step 2: In the elevated PowerShell Window, execute command: (Get-BitLockerVolume -MountPoint F) .KeyProtector > $env:UserProfile\Desktop\BitLocker_Recovery_Key.txt , and then hit Enter key.

bitlocker-recovery-key-powershell

Tip: F is the letter of encrypted drive which you want to back up the BitLocker recovery key for.

Step 3: The BitLocker recovery key for that drive will be saved to a BitLocker_Recover_Key.txt file created on your desktop.