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How to Unlock a BitLocker Encryption USB Drive without Password

Forgot BitLocker Encryption password is a frustrating experience. If you have no idea to unlock your locked USB drive, read on. Here we introduce how to gain access to a locked flash drive by using recovery key. In addition, we will show you how to reset the BitLocker Encryption password and turn off BitLocker via CMD.

Way 1: Unlock Bitlocker-encryption drive using recovery key

If you forgot BitLocker-encryption password, you can use recovery key to get into your BitLocker-protected USB drive. Here's how:

Step 1: Insert USB stick into a USB port on your PC. Click the Unlock drive message, when it pop-ups.

Bitlocker protected message

Step 2: Click More Option to reveal Enter recovery key link.

Enter recovery key option

Step 3: After clicking Enter recovery key link, enter recovery key you previously saved.

Enter in recovery key

Tip: You can find your recovery key in the text file or Microsoft Account you have saved to.

Bitlocker recovery key file

Step 4: Once your recovery key has been accepted, go to This PC > Removable disk, right-click on it, select Manage BitLocker.

Manage BitLocker

Step 5: In BitLocker Drive Encryption window, select Change password link.

Change password

Step 6: Then click Reset a forgotten password option to create a new password.


Step 7: Enter new password and make sure that you don't forget it again. Then click Finish after completing.

Create a password

Way 2: Unlock BitLocker-encryption Drive via Command Prompt

Step 1: Run Command Prompt as administrator.

Press Windows logo key, type cmd in Search box, then right click on Command Prompt in the result, and then select Run as administrator.

Run Command Prompt as administrator

Step 2: Type command the following command, then press Enter run it.

manage-bde –unlock <USB drive letter> -RecoveryPassword <recovery key>

Execute recovery command

Step 3: To turn off BitLocker Encryption: run manage-bde -off <USB drive letter> command.

Turn off BitLocker

Hope this help you.