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Cancelling bitlocker encryption while it’s in progress RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello.

    How to safely cancel bitlocker encryption and turn bitlocker off while it’s encrypting OS drive? 

    Thursday, August 23, 2018 3:16 AM

Answers

  • The command applies and stops encryption and decrypts. It is legitimate and no harm is to be expected.

    If you have no backup of your important data, you have failed before you started :-)

    • Marked as answer by Galygin Friday, August 24, 2018 9:58 AM
    Friday, August 24, 2018 9:40 AM

All replies

  • In elevated command prompt run:

    manage-bde -off C:

    (assuming your encrypted drive is C:)

    Thursday, August 23, 2018 4:53 PM
  • There is no encrypted drive. My question is about drive C: that is currently encrypting.
    Thursday, August 23, 2018 8:35 PM
  • The command applies and stops encryption and decrypts. It is legitimate and no harm is to be expected.

    If you have no backup of your important data, you have failed before you started :-)

    • Marked as answer by Galygin Friday, August 24, 2018 9:58 AM
    Friday, August 24, 2018 9:40 AM
  • Well, you read it before: manage-bde -off C:
    Friday, August 24, 2018 4:59 PM
  • "Then the point should go to Alexander not you,  isn't it?"

    Yes, of course. I didn't select mine as proposed answer.

    Sunday, August 26, 2018 7:18 PM