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External HDD locked by Bitlocker without my permission

Q: External HDD locked by Bitlocker without my permission

I was using my work laptop at work and connected my personal USB external drive to the laptop. No problem. I used the external drive to show colleagues some pictures of my new house renovation and then disconnected the drive.
However, when I reconnected the drive to my own personal laptop at home, it informed me that it was locked by bitlocker and needed a recovery to unlock it!
At no time was I requested to bitlocker it or indeed informed that bitlocker was locking the drive. This totally sucks as I have precious family photos on the drive and now cannot access them!!
Can anyone help?

Karl Marsden

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Preferred Solution: External HDD locked by Bitlocker without my permission

I recommend downloading and trying SP Photo Recovery. It will help find and retrieve your lost files.

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I use Windows 8 on my laptop, and my external HDD got encrypted with BitLocker out of the blue.

I have never used BitLocker, I do not even have it on my laptop (Control Panel does not show any icon for BitLocker & forums say it is only available with Windows 8 Pro).

 Therefore, I have no idea why Windows has locked my HDD, and I have no means of recovering this as I do not have any recovery key or password (since I have never used BitLocker in the
first place).

Please help.


A:External HDD automatically locked by BitLocker


This tool can be used to turn on or turn off BitLocker, specify unlock mechanisms, update recovery methods, and unlock BitLocker-protected data drives. This tool can be used in place of the
BitLocker Drive Encryption Control Panel item. For more information, see Manage-bde.exe Parameter Reference. at www.TechNet(dot)Microsoft(dot)com/en-us/library/dd875513(v=ws.10).aspx

Try This:
manage-bde -status (Drive Letter):
Example: manage-bde -status C:
to check if Bitlocker lock your drive.
manage-bde -off (Drive Letter): example:
manage-bde -off C:
It none of its works, that means your HDD is blocked by another program, give us prompt massage or screen-shot, for further help.

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hey guys...
i have a serious problem with bitlocker and really need your help
i have an external HDD that is locked by bitlocker and won`t open
i didn`t lock it i just went on section that asks for password and cancel the process and my HDD worked just fine but after i disconnected it and connect again it has been locked and when i try to open it says :

Bitlocker (D:)
the bitlocker encryption in this drive isn`t compatible with your version of windows. try opening the drive using a newer version of vindows.

i`m pretty sure it didn`t encrypt my drive cuz encryptions take time and my drive is 1 TB 
i`m using windows 8.1 and tried 8 & 7 ...even XP :(
i have really important stuff in it
plz tell me what to do :'(

A:Unable to open external HDD that is locked by bitlocker

Farid Rahimi,
If you haven?t already, remove the drive from whatever port you have it plugged into and try another port. 
Another thing you can check is to see if there are any new updates available for your BIOS. 
Take a look at any changes that it might list and if there have been any changes to the TPM, go ahead and run that update. 
You?ll also want to make sure that your system settings are all correct for the port you?re using.
Hope this helps!
Windows Outreach Team ? IT Pro

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Hi. I'm new here. Please Help me. My 2 (two) external hard drive was locked by bitlocker. What odd is, it's only lock when I'm using Window 7 or older version of windows and I can't use it even in T.V's. But when I'm using it in windows 10 I can open it
and use it. Please help me. Sorry for Bad English.

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Hi I am using a Window Surface and I just got my external drive locked by Bitlocker WITHOUT having enabled it. I need to access crucial data, how can I unlock it? If I double-click on
external drive icon, a Bitlocker(D:) window pops up and if I click on "Load key from USB drive" then it says that "a valid USB key wasn't detected". The issue is that I NEVER set a key in the first place, I didn't even know what Bitlocker

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BitLocker locked my external harddrive by itself
my external Seagate harddisk is locked by bitlocker itself

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Hi, Ive pretty much lost my key and recovery key for my bitlocker encrypted win7 partition. Im thinking of going into my winxp partition, doing a quick format on the encrypted partition which im locked out of, then using some sort of data recovery software to get the files on the encrypted partition back, will this work? or will the files I try to recover still be encrypted? also, if that would work could someone recommend some good hard drive recovery software, I dont mind if its not free.


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I have hp pro tablet 408 g1, suddenly it have a start up issues and opened recovey mode, when i choose start up dignostic its require recovery key now the tablet is locked and every option require recovey key and i do not have the key and i can not open the tablet since its require recovey and each option require recovery key.What should i do??

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I made a big mistake! I installed W7 on my SSD partition 1. I have my users & data filed on HDD data partition X:\. I locked the X:\ I apparently do not have TPM. I get to the login screen & of course it fails to log in any user because the drive containing the data to continue is locked. In safe mode, repair startup I cannot unlock the drive as the abilty to type letters is not yet available. So, when I enter the key..... it only has numbers. In safe mode with command prompt I can unlock the drive with the password but I have no idea what to do from there in the cmd prompt & when I restart of course the drive is locked again. What can I do? Also it says it can't access the file when I attempt to unlock using control panel in safe mode. the password is accepted but can't access a file. doesn't list the file. I have the key file. I can access it as I am dual booting with ubuntu. I can also access it in safe mode. But, i have no idea what to do with it. Can I just put that file onto a usb by simply copying it over & then have it plugged in at boot? Please help asap! This is my school PC, first week, & of course we have twice the work. I should never have turned on BL without reading the whole file but i did & now what?

edit (response merged):
unlocked drive:

boot into safe mode with command prompt:
manage-bde X: -unlock -pw
(enter password)
manage-bde -off X:
(wait awhile)
manage-bde X: -status
(continue until you see drive fully decrypted. it will ... Read more

A:Locked out of W7 @ Login due to BitLocker

Followed method 1. I am back in:
Error message: "The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded

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I made one of my thumb drive locked with BitLocker and when I use it on an XP machine it can only be used in read only files. Do any of you guys know how to make it read and write. On the 7 machine it can do both.

Thanks and Happy Holidays!

A:locked with bitlocker read only

Quote: Originally Posted by puremacgyver

I made one of my thumb drive locked with BitLocker and when I use it on an XP machine it can only be used in read only files. Do any of you guys know how to make it read and write. On the 7 machine it can do both.

Thanks and Happy Holidays!

I dont think XP is "aware" of bitlocker and so cant read it.

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After deleting maleware my Bitlocker has asked for the recovery key.
I have the Key however the laptop only allows me to use the Functions F1 to F10 as 1 to 0, also tab and backspace.  Doesnt allow me to use the keyboard letters.
My BitLocker recovery Key Starts with letters - How do I get around this I have tried holding the buttons down to see if they move from 0 to A B C etc and they dont.  Now my laptop doesnt get based the full BIOS.

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Hello all, first post here as I've spent months researching this in my spare time and have exhausted my patience on trying to figure this out on my own, so I very much appreciate any assistance I can get!

So as to not try and write a novel here I'm going to give as brief of a description as I can while still giving enough info.


I have a desktop with the C: drive being most of my day to day items, and the E: drive being a TB drive that stores my music, movies, pictures, etc. A few years ago when I first started dating my now wife, I had decided since she would use this computer from time to time it would be smart of me to lock one of the folders with pictures of ex's (the kind that would get me into trouble with a new g/f if you catch my drift) and basically forgot about it. Fast forward to today, and we are happily married, and as I was going through that TB drive I came across the folder. I decided I wanted to delete it, as well as take one last look just in case there was anything else in there I might still want to keep. That's when I came across the issue of not having the privileges to open/close/copy/delete this folder.

I am the administrator on the computer, I've tried taking ownership of the folder using a variety of techniques including going to command prompt and using: takeown/F E:\media\specials\Misc. << the root of the folder in question, all to no avail. When I tried the takeown command I get "Error: the system cannot find the file ... Read more

A:Locked myself out of a folder: You do not have permission...

If you want to delete the files or move them to another folder use a Linux boot disc. The folder permissions won't be an issue.

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On opening Asus T100T laptop, immediately after a Windows update, error message appears: Process1 Initialisation Failed. Then I am asked for a Bitlocker Recovery Key. Absolutely did not install Bitlocker. Managed to find recovery key via Microsoft account - no idea how it got there - we didn't save it.
This key worked, and operation was normal for a few days. Now am getting the same messages, and inserting the Bitlocker key has no effect - the messages just keep looping.

I have looked at the tutorials, and have used Command Prompt to turn on auto unlock
BitLocker Auto-unlock - Turn On or Off in Windows 8

and to
BitLocker Recovery - Unlock a Drive in Windows 8

To no effect - the messages keep on the same cycle. Any ideas?

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So when I was going through some virus **** I downloaded BitLocker because some of my files on my drive were locked and I thought maybe I could unlock them and delete them cause I thought a virus was hidin up in there but I ended up locking up my whole external drive or something so now I can't delete anything from it but I can use the files. Anywho... I'm pretty sure it was BitLocker I used cause now when I right click on the drive it brings up some BitLocker options but I can't find where to unlock it.

Or decrypt it.. cause I think I encrypted it.. anywho I can't delete anything from it.

A:BitLocker. Locked my Drive. I'm dumb.

If you are not pretty sure how to use bit-Locker, I would suggest you remove it.
however here is it's tutorial :

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Ok, So here's the issue, a friend of mine have a 1TB WD external drive, which got a bad sector after someone unplugged it during file transfer, issue is, my friend doesn't have the Recovery Password, or anything, only the password he uses to unlock the drive, the drive got vital information, and they must be retrieved.

Any ideas?

A:A drive locked by BitLocker got a bad sector!


See if he may be able to run chkdsk on the drive first to hopefully take care of the bad sector.Disk Check
Afterwards, he may be able to use an option in the tutorial below with the BitLocker password to unlock the data drive.BitLocker Drive Encryption - Unlock a Locked Data or Removable Drive
Hope this helps for now,

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On opening Asus T100T laptop, immediately after a Windows update, error message appears: Process1 Initialisation Failed. Then I am asked for a Bitlocker Recovery Key. Absolutely did not install Bitlocker. Managed to find recovery key via Microsoft account - no idea how it got there - we didn't save it.
This key worked, and operation was normal for a few days. Now am getting the same messages, and inserting the Bitlocker key has no effect - the messages just keep looping.

I have looked at the tutorials, and have used Command Prompt to turn on auto unlock
BitLocker Auto-unlock - Turn On or Off in Windows 8

and to
BitLocker Recovery - Unlock a Drive in Windows 8

To no effect - the messages keep on the same cycle. Any ideas?

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Hello Everyone,

I have an issue that started with a rush to encrypt my Windows 7 - HP Pavilion g6 Notebook with Bitlocker.

I started and completed the encryption process on my C drive.

Upon re-starting my computer, I was taken to the HP Recovery Manager page and unable to access my desktop. At
this point, I'm unable to access any of my files and I don't know how to process or fix this.

Things I've done to try to fix:

-After research, I've successfully unlocked and disabled Bitlocker with my recovery key and password through the
manage-bde commands. 
-I've done a system checkup, and it appears there's an issue with the Hard Disk Short DST - failure.
-I've run a CHKDSK scan, and there are alot of files corrupt, but I have no details on what's wrong.

I suspect that by encrypting my drive, I also encrypted the operating system.

Can anyone give me advice on what I should do next to try and get my computer working back to normal? .


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Hello Everyone,

I am having issues with my Windows 7 Permission for files and folders. I recently updated my drivers for sd card reader and for some reason. I am being locked out from accessing files and folder. Especially when i try to delete something as it always says access denied or file is in use.

I have reset my permissions using SubInACL.exe with proper instruction. I have used sfc scan as well as full scan for viruses.

I am the administrator of the pc, i have disabled UAC and re-enable it to resolve the issue but nothing works.

furthermore, in the security tab i have full permission as shown in the picture but when i delete something i always get error of file is in use but even it is a normal text file.


Please help me resolve this issue as soon as possible as i am unable to use my pc normally.

OS: Windows 7 64bit and up to date
User: Administrator
Built-in: Administrator account is disabled
Security Software: Kaspersky

Thank you in advance


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Ok quick story the previous win xp computer I owned received a nasty virus as it took over my whole computer. Before it completely went to I was able to back up some folders and files. Everything could transfer over to my new win7 with no virus detection except for two folders. Both folders were scanned and no virus was detected, yet it keeps telling me when I try to move them that I don't have permission to. So I reset the permissions to admin and still said I couldn't move the files. Another thing when I take out the drive and put it back in, the permissions go back to normal S-1-5-21-700210099-1368088401-3141378099-1000. HELP!!!!

A:*Permission* locked from moving folder



What is the exact files you are trying to move? If the file in the quote is what you are trying to move, it is a Windows Update file and cannot be moved and would be useless on Windows 7. If this is not a system file, then copy the files to a USB Flash drive and scan the drive before saving them to Windows 7.

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i have locked my H drive using bitlocker . Today when i tried to open my drive, it says    
"  Error Recovering Disk H : A recovery key was not found on this drive . The drive cannot be unlocked . "

I have checked the status of my drive in cmd , it says
" An error occured :  <code : 0x80070057>) "Some very important files are in the drive. I am desperately in need of help. Any help would be greatly appreciated ".


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My X1 died on me and, according to the sheet of paper that came back from the repair center, had its system board replaced. Unfortunately, when booting, I get a prompt for a bitlocker recovery key - and the key I have (confirmed with Microsoft) is not working. The key id shown on the recovery screen is also different. I've spent about 40 minutes on the phone now with Lenovo support, and haven't gotten anywhere - how can I get back into my machine? It would appear that, since the hard drive was not replaced, I should still be able to get in with my existing key, or am I missing something there?

A:Locked out of bitlocker after system board replacement


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I had a gateway computer I bought in dec 2002. Anyway in Jan I bought vista ultimate and it ran fine until for some reason it decided to not start up.. no power to anything. the computer went to "sleep" one night and wouldn't start up.

That's not why I'm here though. I had 5+ years of files, pictures, and family videos on the 2 hard drives which I think are now locked with bitlocker. I tried installing them as secondary hard drives in the new computer, and the computer thinks they are blank and wants to format them. Am I correct in thinking they are locked? If they are, is there any way to get my files back?

A:Computer died, now drive locked with bitlocker?

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In my upgrading frenzy, I went ahead and updated my new work-provided laptop's BIOS (Dell E7240). Lo and behold Bitlocker is now asking for a recovery key.
As the IT Administrator won't be available till next week and I am in urgent need to access it.

My question is simple; does downgrading the BIOS back reverse the lock?


A:Bitlocker and BIOS Firmware Upgrade - Locked out!

Nope. You will need to wait for IT admin at this point.

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Hi All,
I was running bitlocker encryption on an external Hard Drive.
I got a "Blue Screen" error that shutdown my computer when Encryption was 2/3 of the way.

I never had a Password or Key, but now the Drive appears to be locked.
I ran manage-bde -resume (but it says "It's locked").
I ran manage-bde -status:
Size: Unknown GB
BitLocker Ver: Win 7
Conversion Status: Unknown
% Encrypted: Unknown%
Encryption Method: AES 128 with Diffuser
Protection Status: Unknown
Lock Status: Locked
ID Field: Unknown
Automatic Unlock: Disable
Key Protectors:
Numerical Password

All help will be much appreciated.
Thanks in advance,

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i brought a second hand windows 8.1 Dell Venue 11 pro tablet online, and about 3 weeks later it boots on some bitlocker thing, ive tried everything and cant find my recovery key, is there a way i can restore it. i have no important data on there so anything to get this bitlocker off will be great.

A:How to restore windows 8 tablet locked by bitlocker

There is a separate Windows 8 forum. Best to post your Windows 8.1 problem there.
Windows 8 Forums

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Windows wants me to unlock my drive with a recovery key even though I know my password. I have tried multiple computers and laptops but they all have the same problem. PLZ HELP!!!

P.S: I don't know my recovery key and I don't know where it is :(

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Hey All,

Recently my company provided me with a Windows 10 SOE image as part of a UAT. The image includes Symantec Endpoint Encryption which utilizes Bitlocker for encryption.

I went through all of the motions with the C:\ drive to be encrypted and even printed the recovery key. Well, at some point I plugged in a few My Passport USB drives and they became locked by Bitlocker To Go. Everytime I try to unlock or click on these drives it asks for the 48-bit key which I don't have because I never was prompted to encrypt/lock these drives.

IT says that there are no keys stored on the servers for these USB drives and suggested that this would be a "local" encryption. However, they also stated that they wouldn't be encrypted unless I was prompted about it. So, there's this mystery about how these USB drives came to be locked.
I've been doing some research and the closest I've come is getting some output about the protectors:

c:\Windows\System32>manage-bde -protectors g: -get
BitLocker Drive Encryption: Configuration Tool version 10.0.10011
Copyright (C) 2013 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Volume G: [Label Unknown]
All Key Protectors
Numerical Password:
ID: {27319850-4EB5-42AC-9BA5-1C0CCB997EE7}
External Key:
ID: {A4A49BE5-70A4-4388-8B2F-8C13B1CA765C}
External Key File Name:

I've tried to copy the .bek file to another non-encrypted/locked USB but get... Read more

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i have drive d locked with bitlocker and it is size is 30 giga and it has only some megabytes free and after restarting windows bitlocker cannot unlock it and show error code.
i also tried to use repair-bde D: E: -pw  -force but it give me same error 
LOG ERROR: 0xc0000030
Failed to open 'D:'. (0x8007007a)

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Hello everyone.

Not to long ago, I removed the HD from my laptop and slipped into an enclosure so that I could access information I had saved. When I initially did it all, I thought it was just a matter of connecting the enclosure to my tower and having it pop up like it would on a USB. Little did I know I needed to obtain permission and take ownership.

After reading and searching for some time, I came across the below link, and followed the direction: You don't currently have permission to access this fold

When I click on the folder and then properties, everything as it should be. I even followed the exact same steps provided in the below links as well, but to no avail:

- Change the permissions and take ownership of your files and folders | Windows Vista, XP and Windows 7 Tutorials
- I dont have the "correct permission" to access any of my - Microsoft Answers
- Windows 7 Take Ownership & Grant Permissions to Access Files & Folder

I don't know, and am at a lost right now. For example, when I click on a photo from my laptop HD, it states "Windows photo viewer can't open this picture because you don't have the correct permissions to access the file location."

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:External HD can't obtain permission

Welcome scanlessfool

It sounds like you can at least see some of the folders ? Can you give us a screen snip ?

I have had two laptop drives that were locked by the mfg, so if you put them in another computer or USB enclosure/adapter, the LOCKED message popped up

Your problem sounds simpler, we just have to find the right member that has done it before

What OS & version was on your laptop HD ?

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Guys... I am in serious trouble and need help urgently !!

I had recently brought the Seagate Backup Plus 1TB portable hard drive.
It has a freeware called Seagate Dashboard inside it.

So , I was trying that out and moved [CUT and no copy] all my data from my laptop into the HDD and I don't know how but I locked my HDD using BITLOCKER unknowingly. I have not set any password for it and tried using the recovery key to unlock it but its useless. I checked the identification key and tried various methods to unlock it but its of no use. It says that the key is incorrect and not acceptable. I think the encryption was not done properly.

I have moved all my important data from my laptop in the HDD as I have brought a new PC. There are many important files and data in it . I will be in an extremely serious trouble if my HDD does not get unlocked OR if any of my data gets deleted.

Please help me guys... I need to fix this urgently !!!

A:Need help urgently for unlocking bitlocker on my external HDD

Hello Excavior, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if the tutorial below may be able to help unlock the drive. It does require that you have the correct BitLocker recovery key or password though.

BitLocker Drive Encryption - Unlock a Locked Data or Removable Drive

Hope this may help,

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my drive is corrupted and i used bitlocker to encrypt it and in the process it stopped and when i try to resume it says "the disk is corrupted and unreadable" and i would really love to see my files back again because half of my life is there.
please help because i dont know what to do 

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I just don't remember the password and cant find the recovery key. So I just try lot of passwords and now its just ask the recovery key only. I think its because of the too many attempts that I tried to find correct passwords. I have the laptop that I
use to encrypt that harddisk but I don't have any other information. Is there anyway to remove the bitlocker without damaging the files that inside ?

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So recently had my old Windows 7 desktop crash on me. Got a new Windows 8 desktop and since then have gotten an external enclosure to try and scrap the files off of the old hard drive, but when trying to connect the Drive into the new computer I get this issue >> 406da2a65a966887ab9d90c8eaf63677.png >> cfe542bf267bd7d2e3d07b5d317c97f4.png I have tried many troubleshooting options and everytime I try to change permission I just get this error message. a66c2f145769b4fdc1c99b4efc8356a4.png >> b95f4478b90c4265e3eba041043caf3a.png

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Trouble getting permission into my External Drive

Update::: Was finally able to get into the drive, now the issue is getting permission for the folders >> 7fa9d7aa7d9a9bba85d8202306cc5809.png

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Hey Everyone!

I installed the firefox portable in my external hard disk and use it at the library computer.

One thing very strange is all the setup of firefox e.g. proxy, addons, and the open tab history are gone after I unplug it from the library computer.

Looks like it has to do with the permission setting on the external hard disk.

Can you tell me how to change the permission on my external hard disk?

In addition, say if I want to use my external hard disk as the portable computer that I have all the application installed and ready for use on any third computer. Is there any application/platform can help me to achieve that?

Thanks for your help

A:How to re-set the permission on external hard disk

This should be in the Windows Vista forum (as you are talking about permissions I'm assuming Vista and you list your o/s as Vista). Perhaps a mod could shift it to the right place?

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Hello, I converted my old desktop hard drive into an external hard drive for my laptop. The old desktop ran on XP (if that matters).

My new laptop is Windows 7.

When I plugged in the external hard drive, I tried to access the folders and got "permission denied". After looking online I found out that I need to become the owner of the new files/folders in order to set permissions.

I went into Start > Computer > right click on E: drive (E: is the name of the external HD)

Clicked on Properties > Security > Advanced > Owner tab. Now I initially selected "my computer"\Administrators as the owner. Checked "Replace owner on subcontainer and objects"

I then tried to access the folder and was denied. So I repeated the steps and made my username as the owner.

I also went in and gave myself full access to the folders.

Now it is hit or miss. Some folders are OK to go into, some still require me to become owner.

I cannot access any of my files, unless I go in one by one and give myself "full permission".

I have thousands of files on my hard drive, and I really don't want to go in one by one to set my permissions.

Am I missing anything? Is there any ownership or permissions that I can set at the top level and have it go all the way to the files?

Thanks in advance (I hope I gave enough information, but if not, please ask.)

A:Do not have permission on external hard drive


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I used bitlocker on my external hard drive and now i can not remember my password nor do i have my recovery key saved . i do not remember either . I need to regain access to my external hard drive . Can someone please post complete accurate information or even a video demo , how to gain access to my external hard drive again . A sure fire way ! I have purchased Passware kit forensics and Elcomsoft forensics . I have VHD of my external Hard drive made on winimage 9.0 , also an image using EASIS cloning software . I might be over looking the process in which i need to follow in order to regain access to my hard drive .

P.S when i run Passware kit it tells me it will take like 392,000 years and 7 months to complete run time ? Can someone please help me .


A:Windows 7 Ultimate Bitlocker used on External Hard ?

There is no backdoor in Bitlocker....unless you can remember the password, your data is irretrievably lost. End of story, no if's or but's.

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Hi experts
My external USB disk was encrypted by bitlocker. It worked well until today. Now every time I try to decrypt the disk with no matter the password or key file, the USB disk lost connection.
My local IT said the it can be due to that some track of the disk is broken.
So in the case, is there any way I can get my data back.
Thanks very much. It is urgent. I am looking forward for your reply.   

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Recently upgraded to Windows OS 8.1 Pro and cannot encrypt my HP external hard drive. Encryption pauses and states that disk has errors and please run chkdsk. Ran chkdsk and no errors found. Had no difficulty encrypting the C drive with the OS. Any suggestions?

A:BitLocker Encryption on External Hard Drives

You cannot use Bitlocker on external drives .......
Can I use Bitlocker on my external hard drive?

However you can use Bitlocker to go for an external drive
BitLocker - Turn On for Removable Data Drives in Windows 8

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We would like to use Bitlocker to encrypt external devices. However, we do already have some external hard disks with built-in encryption. Is it possible to detect this, and not to re-encrypt those disks with Bitlocker ?



A:Bitlocker - detect encrypted external disk ?

You might ask here Forum FAQisk Topic Part 6 -Bitlocker and BitLocker To Go

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Dear Friends,
I have a Toshiba external hard drive. When I viewed the photos on it accidentally my friend locked with bitlocker in my absence. He has no idea about the recovery key and password. He has given some hints for the password. But all failed. Can anyone help me out of this issue.

A:External hard drive has to be opened from bitlocker

Hello Jenieragav, and welcome to Eight Forums.

I'm afraid that if you have do not have the password or recovery key, then about the only option is to format the drive to be able to use it again. That's what BitLocker is designed for. No access with password or key.

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Hello all,

I didn't use my external hard drive for over a month, and today I decided that i wanted a back-up of some of the stuff on my laptop. I plugged it in and immediately a message popped up, saying that this drive was protected by something called BitLocker. It required me to enter a 48 digit recovery key. I had NEVER heard of BitLocker up until that point. I didn't know anything about a recovery key, and why didn't it ask for a regular password first, before asking for a recovery key? I didn't have a clue. I still don't have a clue. I searched my computer for BitLocker using the regular 8.1 system search. No results. I searched in PC Info. There is something about encryption there. That was, and is turned off. Not a mention of BitLocker anywhere. When i looked it up it said it comes with Windows 8.1 Pro or Enterprise edition. I am fairly certain I have regular 8.1. How in the name of all that is holy did I get saddled with this piece of shit encryption that locks me from my files, while I don't even want it? When I plugged it into my fathers laptop, also running 8.1 it gave the same message. When i plugged it into my brothers Asus tablet with keyboard combo, also running 8.1, it didn't give any problems. Does anyone here have any clue what is going on? Would be greatly, greatly appreciated.

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A:BitLocker and External Hard Drive(WD My passport 2TB)

I'm having the exact same problem. I've been dealing with it for months. Both of my external hard drives had this happen to them at roughly the same time, and I have no idea how. I too had never heard of Bitlocker before this happened. I tried calling WD and they told me to call Microsoft as Bitlocker is owned by Microsoft. I called Microsoft and they told me to talk to WD. I've been led in circles for months and still cannot access my hard drives and the files on them. I do not have the recovery keys and do not know how to get them. I have been searching for answers throughout the internet without any results. I was told that I could reformat them, and that might work, but then I would lose all of my files. I don't have a backup for them because my hard drives were the backups (that's why I had two!). If you have been able to fix this problem, or have any sort of solutions or options, please, please help me out.

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We've had a few HP 1020 and 1040 models in recently and all have the same issue. When the laptop is docked, the external keyboard does not work in the Bitlocker screen. It works in BIOS and in Windows itself, but not in Bitlocker. This means we have to open the laptop screen to input the Bitlocker PIN, then leave it open and GPO dictates that the machine hibernates when the lid is closed. We have tweaked the GPO, but to no avail. ANyone else seen this or have a solution?

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A:External keyboard not working in Bitlocker screen

if the bios is up to date, i would look at BIOS settings. I believe Fast Boot setting is Enabled in your case, which might cause usb devices not to be seen at the stage Bitlocker requires

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Hey guys,

So I was trying to decrypt a Bitlocker-protected portable drive overnight and it seems to be stuck at 0.4% decryption completed (some other drives were encrypted around the same time but I don't think that should affect it much, right?) I guess either my USB 3.0 hub momentarily failed or my computer went to sleep during the process?
Anyway, I then paused decryption and opened up the error checking tool but it didn't complete (I don't think it even opened) but in the process, I agreed to turn off access to the drive during the "error check" that doesn't seem to have happened.

So recap: Not only can I not see the files on the drive, Windows can't even access the drive?

Btw, there's over 2TB worth of some pretty important data on this drive so can someone please help? I'd be willing to pay a reasonable amount for a software solution.


A:Bitlocker external drive seems to have stuck decrypting

Update: the drive seems to work after plugging it into my laptop's built-in USB port. It shows the decrypting screen and everything and after copying all the contents to a larger 4TB drive, they seem to be intact as far as I can tell.

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Hi All,

Suggestion needed.

I am using windows 7 bitlocker and It's regarding to the Bitlocker encryption for USB and External sticks. I have been asked to suggest which brand USB sticks\External Drives are recommended for enabling the BitLocker Encryption.

Please guide recommended brand for USB Sticks (HP, Scadisk, Kingston, Transcend, Sony) and External Drives (Seagate, HP, Sony, WD, Samsung,Transcend)

Ravi Ch

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my external hard disk with password protected by bitlocker drive encryption.....I forgot password and the system where i need to operate is new one. How to get it resolved? Kindly suggest the proper procedure to unlock the hard disk

A:Unlock bitlocker for external hard disk

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I was wondering if you can secure a wireless external disk drive (like the seagate wireless plus) with Bitlocker. When using Bitlocker the PC cannot access the drive in wireless mode (only when connected via USB). Any ideas?

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