It is important to keep your BitLocker key in a safe place. Here are the steps to back up the BitLocker recovery key from the control panel and PowerShell cmdlets.
BitLocker is an encryption system built into Windows. It can encrypt any internal or external drive. This ensures that only authorized persons can access the data on the encrypted disk. In fact, with BitLocker, you can even encrypt your entire operating system. BitLocker’s greatest appeal lies in its security and ease of use. Moreover, since BitLocker is built into Windows, there is no need to install any other software as long as you use the Windows Pro version.
BitLocker Recovery Key during disk encryption. The recovery key is useful for decrypting and restoring data in case the BitLocker password is forgotten or lost. If you did not make a backup when you set up BitLocker on your driver, you can still make an additional backup of the recovery key if you have the BitLocker password on the encrypted disk. This is fairly easy.
This quick guide for Windows will show you how to create a BitLocker recovery key backup .
Note: You must unlock your drive with BitLocker first. You can lock the device after you have backed up the recovery key. As a reminder, BitLocker will not allow key backup while the device is locked/encrypted for obvious reasons.
Backup BitLocker recovery key from Control Panel
The Control Panel provides an easy way to backup your BitLocker recovery key. With just a few clicks, you can get your BitLocker backup key in seconds. Here are the specific steps.
- Open the Control Panel.
- Set “References” to “Large Icon”.
- Click “BitLocker Disk Encryption”.
- Expand the BitLocker disk.
- Click “Restore Key Backup”.
- Select “Save to File”
- Select a folder to save.
- Click the “Save” button.
- Click “Finish” in the main window.
- The recovery key backup is now successful.
Same procedure, with screenshots and a bit more detailed instructions:
1. First, open the Control Panel. You can find it from the Start menu. After opening the Control Panel, set the “View by” in the upper right corner to “Small Icons” or “Large Icons”. Next, locate and click on the “BitLocker Drive Encryption” option.
2. In the BitLocker window, all drives will appear. Locate the BitLocker drive to which you want to back up the recovery key and click on the small arrow icon to expand it. Then click on the “Back up recovery key” link.
3. The above will launch the Recovery Wizard. Select the method you wish to use for recovery. In my case, I select “Save to File”. Note: If you do not want to save the BitLocker recovery key locally, it is recommended that you select the “Save to Microsoft Account” option. Save the BitLocker recovery key to your Microsoft account so that you can access it anytime, anywhere. – https://account.microsoft.com/devices/recoverykey
4. Now navigate to the location where you want to save the recovery key, name the file, and click “Save”. In the BitLocker Wizard, click the “Finish” button to close it.
That is all. Your BitLocker recovery key has been successfully backed up. When you open the saved file, you will see the key under the “Recovery Key” heading. In the image below, this section is highlighted. If you forget or lose your BitLocker password, you will need to enter this key.
Note: If you choose to store the BitLocker recovery key in your Microsoft account, you can find the key using the following link:
PowerShell command to backup BitLocker recovery key
one lineYou can also quickly back up the recovery key with the PowerShell command
1. First, open the Start menu, search for “PowerShell”, right-click on the result, and select “Run as administrator”. The PowerShell promotion window will appear. In the PowerShell window, replace “
When you open the text file, the recovery key will appear right next to “Recovery Password”. In the image below, this section is underlined.
We hope this helps. If you liked this article, check out How to Lock Folders in Windows Without BitLocker.
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