Drive with Bitlocker on a different computer

Posted on 2013-11-12
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Last Modified: 2013-11-18
I have a Windows7 Enterprise Laptop with Bitlocker enabled on an Intel SSD drive. On boot up suddenly it shows a message that there is no boot disk. I wanted to see if this was a hardware or software issue. I plugged the disk into my Windows 8 Enterprise machine. On boot up it showed that there was anew device and asked me for the recovery ID for my drive (not the SSD I plugged in). After that it went into Windows. When I checked the Disk Management, it showed another drive with 8 MB which is the hidden partition Windows created in the SSD drive, but it didn't show the Main partition which was encrypted. Any ideas how I can see this drive and decrypt it to see the files.

Question by:swenger7
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McKnife earned 600 total points
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The partitioning is not obscured by bitlocker, you should see all partitions, no matter if you unlocked the encyrption or not. So chances are, your partition table is defective.
You should give it another try and even a third try with a different OS or a boot DVD in order to see if really no partition can be found.

Please be very careful unless you have a backup.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 39656476
I didn't really have any critical data so I just sent it back to vendor for a replacement drive, so couldn't verify the information regarding Windows 7 Bitlocker.

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