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Windows 7: How to backup bitlocker USB key?

27 Mar 2014   #1

64 bit Windows 7 Home Premium
How to backup bitlocker USB key?

About a year ago, I bought a Windows 7 (Ultimate? ) computer from a box store and I paid someone from the tech company to set it up.

The tech person encrypted the drive with bitlocker and gave me a USB key and said never lose it or you will never be able to start your computer. Every time my computer reboots because of a Microsoft security update, I have to put in the USB key before the computer boots up.

It really just dawned on me that while I won't lose the key, there's no saying that the USB key won't break. If it does, I can't access the data on my computer.

Could someone tell me what is this USB key and how do I make a copy of it so that I can still get into my computer if the original USB key ever fails?

Thank you

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27 Mar 2014   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Hello Vannyi,

Since this is for your OS drive, it's most likely the startup key on the USB.

You should keep a backup copy of both the startup key and recovery key in safe place to have if ever needed. The tutorials below are for Windows 8, but are pretty much the same in Windows 7.

BitLocker Startup Key - Copy for OS Drive in Windows 8

BitLocker Recovery Key - Back Up in Windows 8

Hope this helps,
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