Bitlocker Enabled on New HP Laptop - Disable or Keep?

  1. Steve C's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
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    Bitlocker Enabled on New HP Laptop - Disable or Keep?


    I just bought a new HP ProBook and I've just noticed it is supplied with Bitlocker enabled on the system drive.

    I only use the laptop in a secure location for general home PC use. Are there any disadvantages of keeping Bitlocker enabled on the drive? Macrium Reflect works OK but my Partition Magic bootable USB stick doesn't find the bitlocked partitions. I also need to do a BIOS update since the latest version was not installed. Are there issues updating the BIOS with bitlocker enabled?
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (1903)
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    Bitlocker applies to your drive, thus could potentially be a problem in certain repair scenarios, requiring off-line access or use of 3rd party tools on boot disks for example as you seem to have already discovered.

    For example, could you trigger system restore from a Win 10 boot disk?
    Could you disable or enable Safe Mode offline with bootlocker enabled?
    Could you view and recover files on C: if the PC/disk is unbootable?

    I'm no expert on that, but it's an aspect worth reviewing.

    You should consider the implications for different scenarios involving disk imaging - a quick search:
    BitLocker Restore/Clone Outcomes - KnowledgeBase v7.2 - Macrium Reflect Knowledgebase - KnowledgeBase v7.2 - Macrium Reflect Knowledgebase
    Backing up bitlockered drive?
    Adding BitLocker support to Windows PE - KnowledgeBase v7.2 - Macrium Reflect Knowledgebase - KnowledgeBase v7.2 - Macrium Reflect Knowledgebase
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  3. Steve C's Avatar
    Posts : 4,125
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
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    dalchina said: View Post
    Bitlocker applies to your drive, thus could potentially be a problem in certain repair scenarios, requiring off-line access or use of 3rd party tools on boot disks for example as you seem to have already discovered.

    For example, could you trigger system restore from a Win 10 boot disk?
    Could you disable or enable Safe Mode offline with bootlocker enabled?
    Could you view and recover files on C: if the PC/disk is unbootable?

    I'm no expert on that, but it's an aspect worth reviewing.

    You should consider the implications for different scenarios involving disk imaging - a quick search:
    BitLocker Restore/Clone Outcomes - KnowledgeBase v7.2 - Macrium Reflect Knowledgebase - KnowledgeBase v7.2 - Macrium Reflect Knowledgebase
    Backing up bitlockered drive?
    Adding BitLocker support to Windows PE - KnowledgeBase v7.2 - Macrium Reflect Knowledgebase - KnowledgeBase v7.2 - Macrium Reflect Knowledgebase
    Thanks. I disabled Bitlocker considering how I use the PC. It only took 10 minutes on anew PC.
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    Good choice. If you do not have a dedicated IT staff, bitlocker is nothing but a catastrophe waiting to happen.

    Bitlocker is not available in Win 10 Home. So you have Pro, right?
    So I'm left to wonder ... why did you pay extra Windows Pro if you're not going to use the extra features of Pro?
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  5. Steve C's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
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    Pro was part of the standard bundle for a Probook. I sometimes use bitlocker for removable drives and other Pro features are useful.
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  6. Posts : 114
    Windows 10 Pro 1903
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    I use Bitlocker to lock down my laptop and desktops, with no problems for over two years now. Before Bitlocker I used Veracrypt and Truecrypt for over ten years. I can even clone a Bitlocker boot drive with EaseUS Partition master, perfectly. If someone gets a hold of my laptop, my info is useless encryption, same goes for my desktops.
    You can also backup Bitlocker files just like any other files, and restore them the same way. except you'll have to re encrypt them again.
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