How To Disable BitLocker To Go Encryption

BitLocker To Go is a very useful feature that can help protect the data on your flash drive if it should be lost or stolen. Though it can be very helpful, it isn't a perfect feature and it may not appeal to all users. If you've encrypted your flash drive and given BitLocker To Go a fair trial and you decide to return the flash drive to its normal state, you'll need to decrypt the drive. This tutorial will walk you through the process.

How To Turn Bitlocker Off & Decrypt The Drive In Windows 7

Insert your flash drive into your computer and enter the password when prompted. Open the Control Panel and select System and Security. Then, click on BitLocker Drive Encryption to launch the BitLocker configuration panel.

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Scroll to the bottom of the page to view your flash drive under BitLocker To Go. Click Turn Off BitLocker where it appears next to your drive.

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Select Decrypt Drive to begin the decryption process.

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A small window will appear that contains a progress bar to inform you how well the job is progressing. Depending on the amount of data on your drive, it can take a very long time for this progress bar to reach 100 percent. If you need to remove the drive before the process is complete, click Pause.

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Once the job is paused, you can unplug your drive. When you are ready to finish the job, insert the drive once again and enter your password. The Decryption progress bar will reappear automatically and begin where it left off. When the job is complete, you'll be notified.

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How To Turn Bitlocker Off & Decrypt The Drive In Windows 8.1

The first step is to insert your flash drive in the computer and enter the password to unlock the drive.

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Then, you'll have to open the Bitlocker configuration panel. To do that, open Control Panel, go to System and Security and select Bitlocker Drive Encryption.

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Scroll to the bottom of the page to find your device in the Removable Data Drives - Bitlocker To Go section and click or tap on Turn Off Bitlocker.

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A dialog window will be displayed. Here, select Turn Off Bitlocker so that the decryption process starts.

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A progress bar will pop up in which you can monitor the process. Depending on the amount of data on your flash drive, this process could take from a few seconds to 20 minutes or longer if you have more than 10 GB to decrypt. If you need to remove the flash drive click or tap on the Pause button to temporarily stop the process.

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Once the job is paused, you can unplug your drive. When you are ready to finish the job, insert the drive once again and enter your password. The Decryption progress bar will reappear automatically and begin where it left off. When the process is complete, you'll be notified.

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Conclusion

If BitLocker's limitations make it undesirable to you, you have other options for protecting your data. Take a look at secure flash drives (such as Corsair Padlock), which include their own built-in encryption. Some drives use their own software that launches when you attempt to access the drive, while others have hard keys on them for entering your PIN or a biometric scanner to scan your thumbprint. These devices will be more expensive than a standard flash drive, but you won't have any compatibility issues with older operating systems.