Easy to Remove BitLocker Encryption from Pen Drive with or without Recovery Key – review information

BitLocker is a useful Windows built-in feature which can secure your files on a pen drive. If you forgot the correct password, the recovery key is the only chance to unlock the drive without losing files. You can quickly remove BitLocker with the help of recovery key. Once you lose the recovery key by accident, you can reuse pen drive by formatting it. Then how to remove BitLocker encryption from pen drive with or without recovery key?

how to remove bitlocker from pen drive with or without recovery key

Part 1: Remove BitLocker encryption from Pen Drive with Recovery Key

You can remove BitLocker by three ways below:

Option 1: Remove BitLocker encryption from pen drive through File Explorer

Before removing BitLocker encryption from pen drive, we have to unlock it for the first step.

1. Insert your pen drive with BitLocker encryption and expand More option.

more options

2. Click on Enter recovery key and type or paste the recovery key into the box. Hit Enter on the keyboard to unlock it.

enter recovery key

Two steps to remove BitLocker encryption from File Explorer

Step 1: Open File Explorer, click on This PC. Right-click on the pen drive with BitLocker encryption and select Manage BitLocker.

manage-bitlocker

Step 2: Click on Turn off BitLocker. When a prompt shows you again, click on Turn off BitLocker to remove pen drive BitLocker encryption.

turn off bitlocker

Option 2: Remove BitLocker encryption from pen drive via Control Panel

First, you have to unlock the pen drive with recovery key. Then read the guide below to remove BitLocker encryption from pen drive.

Step 1: Open the Control Panel then click System and Security.

Step 2: Scroll down and select BitLocker Drive Encryption. In the new window, you can turn off the BitLocker.

bitlocker-drive-encryption

Option 3: Remove BitLocker encryption from pen drive by Command Prompt

Step 1: Hit Windows + X and select Command Prompt (Admin).

command prompt

Step 2: Execute the manage-bde -unlock F: -RecoveryPassword YOUR-BITLOCKER-RECOVERY-KEY command.

Step 3: Run manage-bde -off f: to turn off BitLocker.

remove-bitlocker-drom-pen-drive-via-cmd

Part 2: Remove BitLocker encryption from Pen Drive without Recovery Key

If you lost the password and recovery key to unlock your pen drive, you must to format it before reuse it. In this part, we will show you how to remove BitLocker encryption on Mac and PC.

Case 1: Remove BitLocker without password and recovery key on Mac

Step 1: Open the Disk Utility from the Dock. Choose the BitLocker encrypted drive and click on Erase.

click-on-erase

Step 2: Next to the Format, select MS-DOS (FAT) then click the Erase button.

erase-bitlocker-drive-on-mac

Case 2: Remove BitLocker without password and recovery key on PC

Step 1: Run Command Prompt as administrator. After that, execute the commands below.

diskpart

list disk

select disk n

clean

remove bitlocker from pen drive via cmd

Step 3: After format the pen drive, you are unable to open it. Right-click on This PC and select Manage. When the Computer Management window pop up, expand Storage > Disk Manager. Right-click on the unallocated volume and choose New Simple Volume.

create new volume

Step 4: After finishing creating the new volume, your pen drive can perform as a regular removable hard disk.

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