iSumsoft » Resources » Windows 10 » Enable Suspend or Resume BitLocker Protection for Drive

How to Enable Suspend/Resume BitLocker Protection for a Drive

Find out how to Suspend BitLocker when you need to install new software that BitLocker may block? This tutorial shows 3 simple ways to turn on or off temporarily suspend BitLocker and resume BitLocker protection for a drive in Windows 10.


How to suspend or Resume BitLocker Protection in BitLocker Manager

Step 1: Click on the Start Menu. In the search box, type "Manage BitLocker", then hit Enter to open the Manage BitLocker window.

Open Manage BitLocker

Step 2: Click Suspend protection for the desired drive.

Turn on suspend protection

Return to the Manage BitLocker window to Resume protection.

Resume Protection

How to Suspend/Resume BitLocker Protection in Command Prompt

Step 1: Press Win + X, and A on the keyboard, it will open Command Prompt as an Administrator.

Open command prompt admin

To enable suspend BitLocker protection for the drive, run the following command, then hit Enter. (Replace H with the drive letter that you want to suspend protection.)

manage-bde -protectors -disable H:

Suspend BitLocker protection using CMD

To resume BitLocker protection for the drive, run the following command:

manage-bde -protectors -enable H:

How to Suspend/Resume BitLocker Protection in PowerShell

Click on the Start Menu. In the search box, type "PowerShell", and right-click it in the result list and select to run it as Administrator. Learn more ways to run PowerShell as administrator in Windows 10.

Open powershell as admin

To suspend the drive's BitLocker Protection for the system and fixed data drives, run the following command and press Enter. Replace H with the drive letter that you want to suspend protection.

Suspend-BitLocker -MountPoint "H:"

Suspend BitLocker protection in powershell

To resume BitLocker Protection, run the following command and press Enter.

Resume-BitLocker -MountPoint "F:"