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Windows 7: Bitlocker - Lock an Unlocked Drive

11 Jun 2010   #19
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 
Bitlocker - Lock an Unlocked Drive

How to Lock an Unlocked BitLocker Drive


Currently, if you unlock a drive that has been locked with Bitlocker, you will need to either restart explorer.exe or reboot your PC. Neither of these appeal to me so I found a way of...

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11 Nov 2012   #20
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Amarnath, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Please post some screenshots showing this and what you are doing. This will better help us see what may be wrong. Be sure that you are using the correct drive letter in place of X in the commands for the BitLocker drive that you are wanting to lock.

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22 Dec 2012   #21
4wd

W8+8.1, W7 ult+hp, XP
 
 

Some suggestions that may be useful:

Alt 1:
In Notepad
manage-bde x: -lock
replace x with the actual drive letter. Save as whatever.bat
Move the bat file to wherever you want to store it, then make a shortcut to it, placed wherever you want to run it from. Before 1st use: right-click shortcut > Properties > Advanced > Run as administrator > OK

Alt 2:
BitLocker Drives Unlocker [AddictiveTips Apps]
Does 'lock all' for those with several drives, and 'unlock all' if PW is the same. Somewhat sketchy program (cannot even be minimized), pinning it to taskbar helps. Has been working fine here.
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