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Windows 7: Managing Bitlocker while moving hard drive to new laptop

07 Aug 2012   #1
Guy Scharf

Win 7-32, XP Pro-32
Managing Bitlocker while moving hard drive to new laptop

I have a Dell D820 running Windows 7 Enterprise with Bitlocker active. Because of video problems, I want to move the hard drive to a spare D820 (the spare has no hard drive).

Do I just temporarily disable Bitlocker, or must I decrypt the drive first? The computer with the drive installed in it now is working just enough that I can probably decrypt the drive if I have to.

If I just temporarily disable Bitlocker before swapping the drive into the spare computer, what are the steps for re-enabling Bitlocker? The new computer has its own TPM, but I am not sure of the implications of that.

I'd appreciate knowing what steps I have to follow.


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07 Aug 2012   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro x64

Just to be safe, I would decrypt the drive, and then just recrypt it when it is on the new laptop.

BitLocker Drive Encryption - Windows 7 Drive - Turn On or Off with no TPM

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