If we don’t want others to see or edit some important or private files that stored on a hard drive, encrypting the whole partition would be a crucial security precaution. Fortunately, disk encryption now can be completed on a Windows PC because every edition of Windows includes a strong encryption option called BitLocker. Users need to set up the password and you will get a Recovery key for data protection. However, many people accidentally deleted or formatted a BitLocker encrypted partition and consequently lost important files. Then, is it possible to recover data from a BitLocker encrypted partition? To be honest, it’s difficult due to the encryption feature, but it is possible only if the password or the Recovery key is available.
A piece of data recovery software called iBoysoft Data Recovery is famous as one of the best BitLocker data recovery software for Windows. Therefore, we tested it out to recover data from BitLocker encrypted drives in many situations and wrote this review.
- Recover deleted data from BitLocker encrypted drive
One of the most common reasons for data loss is mistaken deletion, and there is no exception for a BitLocker partition. Some important files like family photos, wedding videos, learning materials, work documents could be deleted or removed from a drive on the PC by accidental. To test if iBoysoft Data Recovery can recover deleted data from BitLocker encrypted drive, we deleted some pictures from a hard drive by mean and performed data recovery.
We launch this data recovery software and find our disk listed in the main interface, and then we select the target disk as it instructs. What impresses us is, all deleted files are recovered from this BitLocker partition by iBoysoft Data Recovery. But we notice one thing that it will not ask for a password to unlock the drive if we have typed in the password before we launch this software. And if we didn’t unlock it, we need to choose the BitLocker Data Recovery option at the upper right and then input the password or Recovery key here.
- Recover data from deleted BitLocker encrypted partitions
Disk Management in Windows 10/8/7 helps users to easily partition or re-partition a drive. However, it is a double-edged sword as we may mistakenly delete a partition that we don’t mean to delete. As a result, we lose access to the files on this partition. This time, we deleted a BitLocker encrypted partition and see if we can use iBoysoft Data Recovery to get our files on this partition back.
After plugging in this hard drive, we launch the data recovery software. As we expected, the deleted disk is not showing up in the interface, so we clicked the BitLocker Data Recovery option instead. We are asked to select a drive where we lost the partition, so we choose the external drive. Then we find that all BitLocker partitions we have created on this drive are listed, including the one we just deleted. We choose the deleted partition, and we are asked to put in the password or the Recovery key to decrypt this partition before data recovery. Once again, our files on this deleted partition are all recovered successfully.
- Recover data from formatted BitLocker encrypted partitions
Another possible cause of data loss is reformatting. Different from the above situations of data loss, it’s even harder to get files back from a formatted BitLocker encrypted partition, especially you reformat this partition with the Windows built-in program. When a BitLocker encrypted drive is reformatted on Windows Vista, 7, 8, and later, the BitLocker metadata that includes the information of the password and the Recovery key. In this situation, we are unable to unlock BitLocker encrypted drive, nor perform data recovery.
But if fortunately, the disk is reformatted by a third-part partition master, it is highly possible to recover files from the reformatted BitLocker encrypted partition with the help of iBoysoft Data Recovery.
So, Is iBoysoft Data Recovery the best BitLocker Data Recovery Software?
iBoysoft Data Recovery performs well in recovering deleted data from BitLocker encrypted drive easily and recovering data from deleted, lost, and formatted partitions as well. Moreover, except for BitLocker data recovery, we find some other excellent features of this data recovery tool.
- Recover deleted files from emptied Recycle bin
- Recover data from hard drives, USB flash drives, SD cards, memory cards, Pen drives, etc.
- Recover data when the disk is corrupted, formatted, inaccessible, and RAW
- Support Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP and Windows Server 2019/2016/2012/2008/2003
Thus, after this review, we hold that iBoysoft Data Recovery is one of the most powerful BitLocker data recovery software.