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How can I recover files from a formatted drive which was encrypted by bitlocker. RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello,

    I accidently formatted one of my drives which was previously encrypted.

    I tried some third party software as "recover my file" but it didn't work.

    Later then, I experimented on a formatted (not encrypted before) usb drive to recover files by same software and it did work.

    After that, I encrypted the usb drive and then formatted it. Then I tried to recover by same software, but it didn't work. So, it's apparent that it is not possible to recover from a encrypted and formatted drive by a usual recovery software. Is there any other method that can help me.

    Please inform, I'm in a dire need.

    Thanks.

    Sunday, November 11, 2012 5:00 AM

Answers

  • Hi,


    I suggest you contact the local data recovery company to recover the data. Thank you for your understanding.


    Regards,


    Vincent Wang

    TechNet Community Support

    Monday, November 19, 2012 7:38 AM
    Moderator

All replies

  • Which software you had used to recover files? Please be brief "Didn't work" - Either your files become overwritten or you hadn't followed the proper steps to recover files.

    Try Stellar Phoenix Partition Recovery Software (goo.gl/5eEjN), pretty good in recovering files from encrypted or re-formatted files. You can select Quick Recovery  for fast scanning or Deleted File Recovery for advanced scanning method (Takes time but give precise and more accurate results).

    Note: Avoid using the drive till you didn't recovered the files.

    Hope it helps!!


    • Proposed as answer by OliverGeeky Monday, November 12, 2012 6:02 AM
    • Edited by OliverGeeky Monday, November 12, 2012 6:04 AM
    Monday, November 12, 2012 6:02 AM
  • Hi,

     

    BitLocker is just a feature to encrypt the drive. However, if the user would like to format the drive, BitLocker feature cannot prevent the encrypted drive to be formatting. After formatting, the BitLocker feature will also disappear since the formatted drive is a new drive. If you would like to recover the data, you have to use some third party software or contact the local data recovery company to recover the data.

     

    Also, here is a similar thread for your reference: Can i recover lost data from encrypted drive by Bitlocker 


    Regards,


    Vincent Wang

    TechNet Community Support

    Monday, November 12, 2012 8:15 AM
    Moderator
  • I tried "recuva" as well as "recover my files". But they were not able to recover a single file. I did nothing but quick formatted the drive and tried these two softwares. My files are not over written, I've not saved any data after being formatted on this 107GB hdd. I'm now looking for good advice which can help me recover my data.

    Monday, November 12, 2012 1:17 PM
  • Please give the name of those software that can recover my files.
    Monday, November 12, 2012 1:27 PM
  • "A format recovery is not possible if the drive was encrypted with Bitlocker" it was the reply of a data recovery company from UK named OTRACCK DATA RECOVERY.

    So, is that it? Is there any hope left? Or I should start to write on this drive (as all other drives are now full in my pc). If had known about this drawback of encryption, I'd have never encrypted my drive. I've lost all of my important data of my "life". What a irony of fate. :( :(

    Saturday, November 17, 2012 7:53 AM
  • Hi,


    I suggest you contact the local data recovery company to recover the data. Thank you for your understanding.


    Regards,


    Vincent Wang

    TechNet Community Support

    Monday, November 19, 2012 7:38 AM
    Moderator
  • "A format recovery is not possible if the drive was encrypted with Bitlocker" it was the reply of a data recovery company from UK named OTRACCK DATA RECOVERY.

    Data stored on encrypted hard drives are protected and its hard for recovery professionals to read the data and later transfer it on  secondary drives. Sorry to say but if that's the case, you might not able to get your data back whatsoever.

    I'd better recommend you start everything from scratch and prepare a standard documentation before encrypting drives that usually compromises much useful data. A great lesson learned!!

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014 5:16 AM
  • It is possible to recover, if you have backup of the unlock key, or the recovery key. If any needs help. Just let me know. 

    Wednesday, August 3, 2016 9:26 PM
  • Hi Guacanagarix_RD,

     i have the same problem my 1 Tera external HDD "WD" was locked by bitlocker and I have the recovery password unfortunately i don't have the key. when it connect to the laptop and i unlocked it; it gives me folder empty. i didn't format it yet but i want to recover to to get my data back. can u help me?

    note:i have tried WD diagnoses but it couldn't do anything i used also the commands manage-bde and repair-bde to unlock or decryption the HDD with no hope.

    Tuesday, September 20, 2016 9:01 PM
  • Hello,

    I have the same problem,However, I have the encryption key and the recovery key.

    Can you please help me,

    Wednesday, July 26, 2017 12:22 PM
  • I got the same problem. Did you find a solution for this problem?
    Wednesday, August 9, 2017 6:18 AM