Windows 8 Quick Tip: Get BitLocker Recovery Key The PowerShell Way

Remembering your password is the key to access to your encrypted BitLocker disk drive but keeping the recovery key is also equally important because it is your last chance, last safe guard to you. So, save your Recovery Key before it’s too late.

You can go to BitLocker Drive Encryption in Control Panel to back up your recovery key, if you have lost the original one created during the initial Encryption process.

BitLock Drive Encryption in Control Panel

BitLock Drive Encryption in Control Panel

But you don’t get to see the key directly in the first sight. You will need to look at either the print out or saved file to know what the key is.

Here is a PowerShell way that reveals what the recover key is in one command.

Get-BitLockerVolume command lists the Encryption status on all the volumes you have on your system.

Get-BitLockerVolume PowerShell cmdlet

Get-BitLockerVolume PowerShell cmdlet

And here is the command to reveal the BitLocker Recovery Key of BitLocker encrypted drive.

(Get-BitLockerVolume -MountPoint E).KeyProtector

Note that the letter “E” is the driver letter for BitLocker encrypted drive.

Get-BitLockerVolume to reveal BitLocker Recovery Key

Get-BitLockerVolume to reveal BitLocker Recovery Key

That’s it.

Kent Chen

Microsoft MVP, IT Professional, Developer, Geek, and the co-founder of Next of Windows.

Last updated: 08/04/2014

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