How can I open the image file generated by Bitlocker Repair Tool? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello Experts,

    I have an external HDD Bitlocker option activated. While it was being encrypted the process failed (probably due to some erroneous dick sectors and a loose usb connection) and now it is unaccessible. After a 4-days-running process I managed to generate an image file using the Bitlocker Repair Tool (repair-bde.exe). However, I tried to open this file with different kind of programs such as winiso, winrar, etc, without success. Does anybody know what format is the resultant file?! How can i mount this image to access its content? Can i expose it as a VHD disc? Can anybody help me?

    Thank you in advance
    Tuesday, November 8, 2011 1:36 PM


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  • Depending on the output file. Is it an img file?

    what command did you use for repair-bde?

    The primary scenario is to use repair-bde to restore to another drive rather than to an img file.

    Repair-bde.exe Parameter Reference
    Scenario 16: Using the BitLocker Repair Tool to Recover a Drive


    Manoj Sehgal
    Tuesday, November 8, 2011 9:33 PM
  • Hello Manoj,

    I used the following instruction:

    repair-bde E: D:\imagefile.img -rp 111111-222222-[...]

    D: is a bigger external HDD and I prefered to create an image of E:. Now that i have the image, what can i do to open it?

    Thank you in advance.

    Wednesday, November 9, 2011 8:50 AM
  • Pallofa,

    Try open img file using some software.

    You need a software to mount the img file.

    If thinstead of using an img file, just use this command.

    repair-bde e: d: -rp xxxx-xxxxx-xxxxxx-xxxxx -f -lf c:\log.txt

    where d is the portable disk whereyou want the data and d drive should at least equal to e drive.

    Where xxxx-xxxx-xxxxx is the 48 digit recovery password.

    -lf will generate a log file and point to a certain location, here I have pointed to c drive.

    After repair-bde is completed, run chkdsk /f on D drive, then try to access your data.



    Manoj Sehgal
    Wednesday, November 9, 2011 2:40 PM
  • Isn't an image of a hard disk fundamentaly different to an image of a CD/DVD? I would have thought trying to access it or mount it as you would a CD/DVD image with various ISO-type tools is not possible and you have to use a tool like Acronis True Image or Norton Ghost to write the contents of the img file to another hard disk?

    Thankfully you appear to have successfully created the Bitlocker img file. My problem is that the repair-BDE process appears to work right up to the point where it's at 99% and it then just sits there with no apparent disk IO activity. Left it for hours and hours and it simply does not get to 100% and does not even throw error messages. 

    Friday, December 30, 2011 10:31 PM
  • Hello,

    if you create the image file from repair-bde ,you can use with 7zip to open the img file , if the output file is from repair-bde , repair-bde E: D:\imagefile.img -rp 111111-222222-[...] -force

     it's works for me .

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012 11:54 AM
  • after yu get yur image from yur lost partion
    you can use 7-zip  program to extract files and folders from image  " its very helpfull " 
    • Edited by ahmedlebleb Thursday, October 24, 2013 9:58 AM
    Thursday, October 24, 2013 9:56 AM
  • Why is there no Windows tool to open this *.img files? There should be a Windows tool or way to open this images but astonishingly not even "Windows Image burner" what seems to be the default program to burn img files is able to burn them.
    Monday, March 24, 2014 1:56 PM