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How to Enable Suspend or Resume BitLocker Protection for Drive

This article will introduce 3 methods to enable suspend BitLocker protection and resume Bit-Locker protection for an unlocked drive encrypted by BitLocker in Windows 10


Method 1: To suspend or Resume BitLocker Protection in BitLocker Manager

Step 1: Go from Control Panel, click System and Security and then select BitLocker Drive Encryption.

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Step 2: To turn on temporarily suspend BitLocker, click Suspend protection in the BitLocker configuration panel.

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Tip: If you want to Resume BitLocker Protection, click Resume protection in the BitLocker configuration panel.

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Or go to This PC, select the suspended drive you want to resume protection for, right-click on it, and then click on Resume BitLocker protection.

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Method 2: Enable or Disable Suspend BitLocker Protection in Command Prompt

Step 1: Press shortcut key Win + X, and then click on Command Prompt (Admin) in the menu.

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Step 2: To enable suspend BitLocker protection for drive, execute command below, then hit Enter key.

manage-bde -protectors -disable F:

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Tip: F is the drive letter of the unlocked encrypted drive you want to suspend protection for.

Step 3: To resume BitLocker protection for drive, execute command: manage-bde -protectors -enable C:

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Method 3: Enable or Disable Suspend BitLocker Protection in PowerShell

Step 1: Open PowerShell and run it as Administrator.

Press shortcut key Win + X, and then click Windows PowerShell (Admin).

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Tip: If you can't see PowerShell, replace Command Prompt with Windows PowerShell in the menu. 

Right-click on Taskbar, select Properties. Then click on the Navigation tab, check Replace Command Prompt with Windows PowerShell box, then click Apply and OK.

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Step 2: To suspend BitLocker Protection for drive, execute the following command, and hit Enter key.

For OS, fixed, or data drives: Suspend-BitLocker -MountPoint " F:" (F is drive letter you want to suspend for)

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For only OS drive: Suspend-BitLocker -MountPoint "C:" -RebootCount 0

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Step 3: To resume BitLocker Protection in Windows PowerShell, execute command below, and then hit Enter.

For specific drive: Resume-BitLocker -MountPoint "F"

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For all drive: Get-BitLockerVolume | Resume-BitLocker

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