Before I moved overseas, I encrypted a 1.5TB SATA drive in my Window 7 Ultimate 32bit system using bitlocker and an unlock key( passphrase as none of my computers have a security chip ) . I did this in case my luggage got lost or somehow the drive left my possession during my trip, the data would not be accessible.
After I arrived overseas, I used it briefly with a USB to SATA dock designed to let you pop a hard drive in and use it as an external drive. This worked, but it was slow, so I decided to decrypt the drive. The encryption was a 12 hours process with my original system ( Intel Dual Core E7000, I think ) , but I only brought my EEEPC 1000HD with me as carry on luggage, so I expected a 48hr decryption process. I started decryption using the control panel bitlocker applet, but the cleaning lady ( I was in a hotel ) knocked out the power cord and I had to start it all over. Then I needed to take my netbook someplace so I paused the decryption and I gave up on decrypting for a while.
Now when I connect the drive and look at it in explorer, it doesn't have the bitlocker padlock icon next to it. It looks just like a regular drive. I type "manage-bde -status" at the command line , and it says "Decryption in Process" and "92% remaining". It just sits at 8% completed, and hasn't budged for 14 hours.
Encrypted using passphrase on Windows 7 ultimate 32bit, using SATA interface
Started decryption on Windows 7 ultimate 32bit on Netbook using SATA-USB dock plugged into my USB port
Power chord unplug interrupted decryption
Resumed decryption, but power failure interrupted it again
Drive missing bitlocker padlock when attached via USB dock.
manage-bde -status command output shows "Decryption in Progress" and "92% remaining"
I can access the encrypted drives files, albeit the reads are really slow so videos/music is useless.
What should I do? let it go another 14 hours? buy another drive and copy the data over? something else? Its really frustrating since Windows is not giving me any useful feelback.