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How to Retrieve BitLocker Recovery Key in Windows 10

Forgot BitLocker drive encryption password or lost the BitLocker recovery key, how to open the BitLocker-protected drive? Here is a quick guide on how to retrieve the recovery key of BitLocker Drive Encryption.

There are 4 ways to find BitLocker Recovery Key for your Windows 10 PC:

If your PC is connected to a domain (usually a work or school computer), ask a system administrator for your recovery key. If your PC is non-domain-joined PCs, and didn't backup BitLocker Recovery Key initially. You could also retrieve the key through the clouds, as long as your PC is signed in with Microsoft account.

There are several locations where your BitLocker recovery key might have been saved:

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1. Find out BitLocker Recovery Key in OneDrive of your Microsoft account

If you recovery key was saved to your Microsoft account, the BitLocker key might have been stored to One Drive of your Microsoft account.

Step 1: Go to OneDrive website, sign-in with your Microsoft account.

Step 2: Click on Document under Files to open recovery key .TXT file, you should see it.

Find BitLocker recovery key in OneDrive

2. Find Out BitLocker Recovery Key on a USB flash drive

To get recovery key saved as a text file on the flash drive, connect the USB flash drive in to your PC and then look for it. When find the BitLocker Recovery Key text document, click to open it.

Find BitLocker recovery key in saved usb drive

3. Find out BitLocker Recovery Key in a File.

BitLocker recovery key .TXT file might have been stored to a place of computer where you have ever selected. If it didn't removed or deleted, you can look for BitLocker Recovery Key.TXT file in your computer.

Find out BitLocker recovery key in You PC

4. Find out your BitLocker recovery key in a Paper Document

If you want to look for the place where your BitLocker key is printed or saved, you can find it in your paper document. Or BitLocker recovery key might have been printed to Microsoft Print to PDF, go to search for PDF file on your PC.

Print BitLocker recovery key