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?
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.
2. Click on Enter recovery key and type or paste the recovery key into the box. Hit Enter on the keyboard to unlock it.
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.
Step 2: Click on Turn off BitLocker. When a prompt shows you again, click on Turn off BitLocker to remove pen drive BitLocker encryption.
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.
Option 3: Remove BitLocker encryption from pen drive by Command Prompt
Step 1: Hit Windows + X and select Command Prompt (Admin).
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.
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.
Step 2: Next to the Format, select MS-DOS (FAT) then click the Erase button.
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
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.
Step 4: After finishing creating the new volume, your pen drive can perform as a regular removable hard disk.