How to Recover a Corrupted Drive

You can use this procedure with the Administration and Monitoring Website (also referred to as the Help Desk) Website to recover a corrupted drive that is protected by BitLocker. To do this, you will complete the tasks outlined in the following table.

Task Details and more information

Create a recovery key package file by accessing the Drive Recovery area of the Administration and Monitoring Website.

To access the Drive Recovery area, you must be assigned the MBAM Helpdesk Users role or the MBAM Advanced Helpdesk Users role. You may have given these roles different names when you created them. For more information, see Planning for MBAM 2.5 Groups and Accounts.

Copy the package file to the computer that contains the corrupted drive.

Use the repair-bde command to complete the recovery process.

To avoid a potential loss of data, it is strongly recommended that you review the Manage-bde command before using it.

To recover a corrupted drive

  1. Open a web browser and navigate to the Administration and Monitoring Website.

  2. In the left pane, select Drive Recovery to open the Recover access to an encrypted drive page.

  3. Enter the end user’s Windows log-on domain and user name, the reason for unlocking the drive, and the end user’s recovery password ID.

    Note
    If you are a member of the Advanced Helpdesk Users access group, you do not have to enter the user’s domain name or user name.

  4. Click Submit. The recovery key will be displayed.

  5. Click Save, and then select Recovery Key Package. The recovery key package will be created on your computer.

  6. Copy the recovery key package to the computer that has the corrupted drive.

  7. Open an elevated command prompt. To do this, click Start and type cmd in the Search programs and files text box. Right-click cmd.exe, and select Run as Administrator.

  8. At the command prompt, type the following:

    repair-bde <corrupted drive> <fixed drive> -kp <location of keypackage> -rp <recovery password>

    Note
    Replace <fixed drive> with an available hard disk drive that has free space equal to or larger than the data on the corrupted drive. Data on the corrupted drive is recovered and moved to the specified hard disk drive.

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Performing BitLocker Management with MBAM 2.5