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How Do I Turn Off BitLocker on a Drive?

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OK, I encrypted my drive. Now I’m tired of the additional hoops I need to jump through just to access my machine. I decided I don’t need or want BitLocker. How do I turn it off?

I’m going to assume you’re talking about BitLocker full-drive encryption, that your system drive is encrypted, and that the “additional hoop” you have to jump through is the extra password you need to specify when you reboot your machine.

Assuming you understand that anyone who steals your machine can access all the files on it, even without knowing your Windows log-in password, turning off BitLocker and decrypting your drive is a snap.

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Decrypting a BitLocker drive

Boot your machine and log in to Windows.

Run Windows File Explorer and right-click on the drive you want to decrypt. In the resulting context menu, click on Manage BitLocker.

Manage Bitlocker item

In the resulting dialog, click on Turn off BitLocker.

Turn Off BitLocker

Click on the Turn off BitLocker button in the subsequent confirmation message box.

Decrypting confirmation

The system goes to work decrypting your drive.

Decrypting in Progress

As the prior message said, decrypting can take a while. How long depends on the speed of your hard disk, the speed of your computer, and the amount of data you have stored on that drive.

After a while, the process completes.

You’re done! BitLocker has been turned off on that drive, and the data decrypted.

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1 thought on “How Do I Turn Off BitLocker on a Drive?”

  1. I was thinking to buy a TPM before trying to encrypt with BitLocker, but why I do not sell it in Japan.
    Since it can not be helped, it was not amazon.co.jp but was about to create an account on amazon.com.

    I felt BitLocker did not have to do it at all.

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