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.
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.
- Press Ctrl+Alt +T to open the Terminal.
- Type “sudo user” and press Enter.
- 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.
- 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
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.
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
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
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.