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Transferring Windows 7 encrypted data (Bitlocker) to a Windows 2012 R2 Server RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello,

    I have a Windows 7 Ultimate workstation which has data encrypted with BitLocker.  I want to move this data to a Windows 2012 R2 server.  Do I need to un-encrypt the data beforehand or can I just move the data over to the server?

    The data currently resides in an SQL environment on the workstation.

    Thursday, December 10, 2015 10:01 PM

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  • Hi,

    From the document, if you move the Bitlocker drive to a different computer, it will trigger a recovery and you will use the recovery key to unlock the drive:

    System recovery
    A number of scenarios can trigger a recovery process, for example:

    -Moving the BitLocker-protected drive into a new computer.
    -Installing a new motherboard with a new TPM.
    -Turning off, disabling, or clearing the TPM.
    -Updating the BIOS.
    -Updating option ROM.
    -Upgrading critical early boot components that cause system integrity validation to fail.
    -Forgetting the PIN when PIN authentication has been enabled.
    -Losing the USB flash drive containing the startup key when startup key authentication has been enabled.

    An administrator can also trigger recovery as an access control mechanism (for example, during computer redeployment). An administrator may decide to lock an encrypted drive and require that users obtain BitLocker recovery information to unlock the drive.

    For more detailed information, you can check the following article: 

    BitLocker Drive Encryption Overview
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732774.aspx

    Regain access to a computer locked by BitLocker Drive Encryption
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Regain-access-to-a-computer-locked-by-BitLocker-Drive-Encryption


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    Sunday, December 13, 2015 3:21 PM
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  • He is not moving the drive, just the data on it. Or do you often disassemble a laptop, take out the drive and connect it to your server, folks? :)

    The data can be copied, no further hoops to jump through.

    • Proposed as answer by HarryVerge Monday, December 21, 2015 5:05 PM
    Friday, December 18, 2015 6:18 PM
  • Hi,

    Thanks, Ronald, to correct my suggestions.

    You are right, OP just mean to copy data from encrypted drive to another, not move the drive.

    Based on my test, after unlock the drive encrypted by Bitlocker, you can copy the data out directly to another shared server without any problem.


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    Monday, December 21, 2015 6:21 AM
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