Okay, I've already gotten part of my answer, but now I need to go a little further. I have a system that use to have BitLocker installed on both the OS and an external hard drive. We recently replaced all of the internal drives on our computers and the new images do not have BitLocker installed. However, now when I start up my system, to access the external drive, I have to manually enter the BitLocker key. There is an option to retrieve the key from an external USB device, but I cannot find out how to get the key onto that device to allow it to be retreived from it. Since BitLocker is not installed on the OS/system drive, I do not have BitLocker in the Control Panel. I DO NOT WANT TO INSTALL BitLocker on the internal drive. In fact, I'd like to get it off the external drive, but I doubt that will happen.
Is there a way to manually get the key onto a USB flash drive so that BitLocker will recognize it when I tell it to retrieve from the device so I don't have to type in a 55-character string every time I start up my system?