manage-bde: status

Provides the following information about all drives on the computer; whether or not they are BitLocker-protected:

  • Size
  • BitLocker version
  • Conversion status
  • Percentage encrypted
  • Encryption method
  • Protection status
  • Lock status
  • Identification field
  • Key protectors

For examples of how this command can be used, see Examples.


manage-bde -status [<Drive>] [-protectionaserrorlevel] [-computername <Name>] [{-?|/?}] [{-help|-h}]


Parameter Description
<Drive> Represents a drive letter followed by a colon.
-protectionaserrorlevel Causes the Manage-bde command-line tool to send the return code of 0 when the volume is protected and 1 when the volume is unprotected; most commonly used for batch scripts to determine if a drive is BitLocker-protected. You can also use -p as an abbreviated version of this command.
-computername Specifies that Manage-bde.exe will be used to modify BitLocker protection on a different computer. You can also use -cn as an abbreviated version of this command.
<Name> Represents the name of the computer on which to modify BitLocker protection. Accepted values include the computer's NetBIOS name and the computer's IP address.
-? or /? Displays brief Help at the command prompt.
-help or -h Displays complete Help at the command prompt.


The following example illustrates using the -status command to display the status of drive C.

manage-bde –status C:

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