Bitlocker problems

i was stationed abroad and encrypted an external usb harddrive using bitlocker. upon return to the states, my company let me go and with the loss of the job, i had to return the computer with Windows 7 on it. i have tried vista to unlock the drive but no go. do i have to purchase Win7 and install it on a computer to unlock the drive, or is there is a simple solution. i have the password to unlock the drive, i even have the Bitlocker recovery key and the Bitlocker recovery key identification. alas, i cannot get this drive unlocked. Can anyone help me. i have researched the MS docs and no help. Maybe i have looked at the wrong ones tho.
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wannabeageekConnect With a Mentor Author Commented:
the only thing i found that worked was installing windows 7 ultimate on another system. then the password and the everything worked.
I am pretty sure that you can attach it to another win 7 pc and unlock it.

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Rob KnightConsultantCommented:

Download the Bitlocker to go reader ( to your PC and use this to read the encrypyted drive.


Jackie ManCommented:
Agreed. Unless your corporate laptop has TPM chip on it to encrypt your external harddrive, you will be fine.

Besides, a tutorial of using Bitlocker is is in the link below.

BitLocker to go should work on pretty much any OS except for XP where it only allows you to read from it.

With Visa and 7 you should be able to view and edit what you need to do.

Does it come up with any errors?
clad that you resolved it
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