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Windows 7: BitLocker Drive Encryption - Suspend or Resume Protection on Windows 7 Drive


BitLocker Drive Encryption - Suspend or Resume Protection on Windows 7 Drive

How to Suspend or Resume BitLocker Protection on Windows 7 Drive
Published by Brink
02 Mar 2009
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How to Suspend or Resume BitLocker Protection on Windows 7 Drive


information   Information
This will show you how to temporarily suspend (unlock) BitLocker drive encryption protection on a Windows 7 or other operating system drive or partition, and to resume (lock) protection when needed.
Note   Note
Suspend protection is typically used when upgrading your computer's BIOS, hardware, operating system, or just when you temporarily do not want the drive encrypted.
warning   Warning
BitLocker is only available in the Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise editions.

When you suspend protection, the data on the Windows 7 or other operating system drive or patition will temporarily not be encrypted until you resume protection again. This does not permanently turn of BitLocker drive encryption to the drive.





OPTION ONE
To Suspend BitLocker Protection
1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click on the BitLocker Drive Encryption icon.

2. Click on Suspend Protection for the Windows 7 or other operating system drive or partition letter. (See screenshot below)
BitLocker Drive Encryption - Suspend or Resume Protection on Windows 7 Drive-step1.jpg
3. Click on Yes to apply. (See screenshot below)
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4. You will now see this BitLocker icon in the taskbar notification area (far right) indicating that BitLocker Drive Encryption has been disabled for the selected drive. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: While BitLocker Drive Encryption is disabled, you will not need to plug in the USB flash drive containing the startup key.
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OPTION TWO
To Resume BitLocker Protection
1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click on the BitLocker Drive Encryption icon.
A) Go to step 4.
OR

2. Double click on the BitLocker icon in the taskbar notification area (far right). (See screenshot below)
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A) Go to step 4.
OR

3. Open the Start menu and click on the Computer button, then right click on the Windows 7 or other operating system drive or partition letter thay you want to resume protection with and click on Resume BitLocker protection. (See screenshot below)
BitLocker Drive Encryption - Suspend or Resume Protection on Windows 7 Drive-resume-1.jpg

A) Go to step 5.
4. Click on Resume Protection for the Windows 7 or other operating system drive or partition letter. (See screenshot below)
BitLocker Drive Encryption - Suspend or Resume Protection on Windows 7 Drive-resume-2.jpg
5. The BitLocker icon in the taskbar notification area will now be gone indicating that BitLocker Drive Encryption is enabled again.
NOTE: When BitLocker Drive Encryption is enabled, you will need to plug in the USB flash drive containing the startup key before starting the computer again.
That's it,
Shawn





13 Jan 2012   #1
charmtorio

Philippines
 
 
thanks!

hi im decrypting it so far its good.!! thanks!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Jan 2012   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Charmtorio, and welcome to Seven Forums.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jan 2013   #3
bavae42

IL
 
 
BitLocker

How can I totally remove this feature from my computer and external hard drive?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jan 2013   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Bavae, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you already turned on BitLocker for the drive, the you could just turn it off and not use it anymore.

BitLocker Drive Encryption - BitLocker To Go - Turn On or Off

and

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

Hope this helps,
Shawn
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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