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Windows 7: Can I turn off computer when BitLocker is encrypting?

21 Feb 2014   #1
green elephant

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Can I turn off computer when BitLocker is encrypting?

I'm encrypting a drive with BitLocker (its taking forever) and I want to shut down my PC. Can I press "Pause" on bitlocker and resume it when I start my computer back up?


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21 Feb 2014   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Green elephant,

No. If you stop the encryption process, it could fail and may have to start the process all over. You could also risk data loss if you just shut down.

It's best to let it finish.
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21 Feb 2014   #3
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Bitlocker takes a long time, don`t shut off the pc.

Why are you even using Bitlocker ? What are you worried about ?
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21 Feb 2014   #4
green elephant

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Green elephant,

No. If you stop the encryption process, it could fail and may have to start the process all over. You could also risk data loss if you just shut down.

It's best to let it finish.
Ok thanks.
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22 Feb 2014   #5
green elephant

windows 7 home premium
 
 
BitLocker Encrypting Progress Page Gone?

Yesterday I could see the little window that shows BitLocker encryption progress, but this morning I come to see it is gone. there's no way it is done because it was taking forever (days). i go into bitlocker management area and see it shows it is still encrypting, but I don't know what the progress is anymore because the page is gone.
Can I get the page to come back up somehow? I already checked hidden icons.

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22 Feb 2014   #6
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You could open an elevated command prompt, type the command below, and press Enter to see the status of BitLocker. Substitute C in the command below with the drive letter that you are encrypting instead.

manage-bde -status C:


You will see the percentage encrypted like below.

BitLocker Status - Check for Drive in Windows


Can I turn off computer when BitLocker is encrypting?-command.jpg


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11 Sep 2015   #7
Ombrius

Windows 10 Enteprise / CB / x64
 
 

I recommend you reference the TechNet library pages, as they contain accurate and relevant information pertaining to the subject and question in the original post.

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...=WS.10%29.aspx

As such, the above link references an official TechNet library page pertaining to BitLocker encryption and it answers the aforementioned question accordingly.
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What happens if the computer is turned off during encryption or decryption?

If the computer is turned off or goes into hibernation, the BitLocker encryption and decryption process will resume where it stopped the next time Windows starts. This is true even if the power is suddenly unavailable.
Sincerely,
Ombrius
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