manage-bde unlock

Unlocks a BitLocker-protected drive by using a recovery password or a recovery key.

Syntax

manage-bde -unlock {-recoverypassword <password>|-recoverykey <pathtoexternalkeyfile>} <drive> [-certificate {-cf pathtocertificatefile | -ct certificatethumbprint} {-pin}] [-password] [-computername <name>] [{-?|/?}] [{-help|-h}]

Parameters

Parameter Description
-recoverypassword Specifies that a recovery password will be used to unlock the drive. You can also use -rp as an abbreviated version of this command.
<password> Represents the recovery password that can be used to unlock the drive.
-recoverykey Specifies that an external recovery key file will be used to unlock the drive. You can also use -rk as an abbreviated version of this command.
<pathtoexternalkeyfile> Represents the external recovery key file that can be used to unlock the drive.
<drive> Represents a drive letter followed by a colon.
-certificate The local user certificate for a BitLocker certificate to unlock the volume is located in the local user certificate store. You can also use -cert as an abbreviated version of this command.
-cf <pathtocertificatefile> Path to the certificate file.
-ct <certificatethumbprint> Certificate thumbprint which may optionally include the PIN (-pin).
-password Presents a prompt for the password to unlock the volume. You can also use -pw 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.

Examples

To unlock drive E with a recovery key file that's been saved to a backup folder on another drive, type:

manage-bde –unlock E: -recoverykey F:\Backupkeys\recoverykey.bek

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