Drive Encryption dangers

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sygnus21
sygnus21 Senior Member • Posts: 1,475
Drive Encryption dangers
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For those that encrypt their drives (especially when using BitLocker) make darn sure you not only get a decryption key (BitLocker Recovery Key), but that you know where it is, and have it backed up. I’d swore I baked my key up in my MS Account, but lo and behold… it’s not there.

Long story short, I did a BIOS update, which in turn caused the system to ask for my BitLocker key on bootup. Nothing new and this wouldn’t have been an issue had I had my key.  I didn’t, because it wasn’t where it should have been…. backed up to my Microsoft Account; something I’ve done countless times in the past. Oddly enough though the key hadn’t gotten backed to my MS Account.

That said, I saw a post online that says if you have a school account attached to your PC, the key may have gotten stored on the Azure Active Directory. Just checked my account and it’s not there either.

So now I have to wipe the drives in order to access them, and clean install Windows and all my programs. Luckily, though I have an online backup solution that allows for continuous backups, so I won’t lose any critical files… just a lot of wasted time.

Bottom line, no matter the encryption method you use, double check you have a decryption key and you know where it is else, you’ll be required to wipe the drive (and data) in order to use it again. Assumptions gets you headaches. Lesson learned.

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