Bitlocker Help

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Help and Support' started by steve.broshears, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. steve.broshears

    steve.broshears New Member

    Apr 23, 2009
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    I connected a 300gb external usb drive to my Windows 7 system.

    I enabled bitlocker on this drive and it took several hours to initialize but went fine.

    I coped several files to the drive and then edited them which went fine.


    I rebooted the system.

    This 300gb drive shows up under disk drive management as unused space.

    It does not show up otherwise.

    Somewhere somehow there has to be a mounting or unlocking facility to
    provide the password to be able to access the drive, but I can't find out
    how to do this.

    Or something is wrong.


    Can someone help me please.

    Steve ...
  2. mhjeff

    mhjeff New Member

    Jun 5, 2009
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    You have to use the bitlocker control panel applet in control panel. That's where you chose to encrypt a drive to begin with. In the Bitlocker control panel you can unlock your drive and begin to use as normal. But for the life of me I can't figure out how to re-lock the drive. So far the only solution is to shut down or restart the computer to relock bitlocker.
  3. reghakr

    reghakr Excellent Member

    Jan 26, 2009
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    No offense Steve,

    This is exactly why I never use utilities like this.

    I recall drivespace in Windows 98 and it was a nightmare as well.

    You'll find all the help you need by going to Start > Help and Support and type in bitlocker.

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