How to Decrypt the USB Encrypted with BitLocker in Windows and Linux – review information

decrypt usb encrypted with bitlocker in windows and linux
If you have attached a BitLocker password to protect the USB files, here you can learn the effective way to decrypt BitLocker encrypted USB. We will analyze the steps for both Windows and Linux users.

How to Decrypt A USB Encrypted with BitLocker on Windows PC

Step 1: Open Control Panel > System and Security > BitLocker Drive Encryption. Step 2: Click Manage BitLocker and you will see that there are many options for the BitLocker encrypted USB. Choose Turn Off BitLocker and make a confirmation at the prompt. Then, it will start the decryption process.

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How to Decrypt/Open BitLocker Encrypted USB on Linux

In other situations, you may need to decrypt BitLocker encrypted USB on Linux. After all, Linux is a powerful, free and open-source operating system that welcomed by developers. Fortunately, it’s possible to open BitLocker on Linux with only five steps.

Step 1: Install Dislocker before open BitLocker drive on Linux.

  1. Press Ctrl+Alt +T to open the Terminal.
  2. Type “sudo user” and press Enter.
  3. Enter your login password for the current account. Note: Don’t use the numerical keypad and the Linux won’t show you how many digits you’ve entered.
  4. Execute the “sudo apt-get install dislocker” command.


Step 2: Set up a folder to mount the BitLocker drive.

To mount the BitLocker encrypted drive, we have to create a folder for it. You can run the command lines below and hit Enter at the end of each line.

  • sudo mkdir /media/bitlocker
  • sudo mkdir /media/mount

mount bitlocker drive

Step 3: View your BitLocker drive.

Then we need to find out which is the target BitLocker USB drive. We can identify the BitLocker drive based on its size. Execute the command:

sudo fdisk -l

Maybe you need to scroll down to find it.

find bitlocker drive on Linux

Step 4: Decrypt BitLocker with recovery key in Linux.

Replace your drive with sdb1 and your recovery key with YourPassword but don’t remove  “-p”.

  • sudo dislocker -r -V /dev/sdb1 -pYourPassword — /media/bitlocker

unlock bitlocker on linux

Step 5: Mount the BitLocker drive.

Now, let’s mount the BitLocker drive on Linux.

  • sudo mount -r -o loop /media/bitlocker/dislocker-file /media/mount

how to open bitlocker on linux

If it shows that you don’t have the permission to access, you can switch to root state.

  • sudo -i
  • cd /media/bitlocker

After that, you can open the BitLocker drive on Linux to transfer files between Windows and Linux.

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