How To Turn Off Bitlocker Temporary For Cloning?

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    How To Turn Off Bitlocker Temporary For Cloning?


    Will be cloning from a 2.5 inch 250gb samsung ssd into a new 1tb NVME Samsung Evo that i bought. I also have a 32gb m.2 ssd in the laptop... so 2 hard drives in my laptop... but only want to have the new 1tb NVME samsung evo in it so i could put the bigger 84wh battery in the machine... which i also have.





    I know i need to turn off bitlocker before i clone it. Now everytime i turn on my windows 10 pro laptop, i always have to enter a pin... then a windows password before i get to main screen. How do i turn off bitlocker... and if i do... the next time i start up the hard drive...which would be the cloned 1tb NVME Samsung Evo, i know when i i first start the laptop up, it won't ask me for a bitlocker pin. But will it ask me for windows 10 password? So turn both off right?





    Now assuming the cloning went good, then when i turn on bitlocker again and windows 10 password, i like to use the same bitlocker pin and windows 10 password. So i would have to enter the bitlocker pin and windows 10 password completely new right? Like i can't disable both of them now and enable them later and they know to use the exact same bitlocker pin and password?
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    Hello Pauly,

    You can either temporarily suspend BitLocker on the drive, OR turn off BitLocker for the drive and turn on BitLocker for the drive when finished cloning.

    If you suspend BitLocker on an OS drive, it will automatically resume BitLocker protection the next time you restart the computer. You can of course also manually resume BitLocker on the OS drive as well if you didn't want to restart the computer.

    If you turn off BitLocker, it will depend on how you set up BitLocker for what you have to enter (ex: PIN or password) at startup to unlock BitLocker before having to sign in to Windows 10.

    Suspend or Resume BitLocker Protection for Drive in Windows 10

    Turn On or Off BitLocker for Operating System Drive in Windows 10
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    Brink said:
    Hello Pauly,

    You can either temporarily suspend BitLocker on the drive, OR turn off BitLocker for the drive and turn on BitLocker for the drive when finished cloning.

    If you suspend BitLocker on an OS drive, it will automatically resume BitLocker protection the next time you restart the computer. You can of course also manually resume BitLocker on the OS drive as well if you didn't want to restart the computer.

    If you turn off BitLocker, it will depend on how you set up BitLocker for what you have to enter (ex: PIN or password) at startup to unlock BitLocker before having to sign in to Windows 10.

    Suspend or Resume BitLocker Protection for Drive in Windows 10

    Turn On or Off BitLocker for Operating System Drive in Windows 10

    Hi thank you. I see the option to either suspend or turn off. But since im planning to clone the drive, probably better to turn off?


    What about the windows 10 password? I think its best to turn it off as well since im going to be cloning it.

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    I have a pin that i need to type each time i turn on laptop with bitlocker...
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    It would be safer to turn off BitLocker since you're cloning the drive so it's not included in the clone.

    It really doesn't matter about the Windows 10 account's password. Personal choice option.
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    Brink said:
    It would be safer to turn off BitLocker since you're cloning the drive so it's not included in the clone.

    It really doesn't matter about the Windows 10 account's password. Personal choice option.

    Hi okay. I will turn off bitlocker.


    But windows 10 password, how do i turn it off? I went to settings, sign in... went to password, click change... then it ask me to type in my win 10 password, i did... but then it ask me to create a new one? But how do i delete it for now?
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    paulyjustin said:
    Hi okay. I will turn off bitlocker.

    But windows 10 password, how do i turn it off? I went to settings, sign in... went to password, click change... then it ask me to type in my win 10 password, i did... but then it ask me to create a new one? But how do i delete it for now?
    If this is for a Microsoft account, you will not be able to remove it since a password is required for a Microsoft account.

    How to Tell if Local Account or Microsoft Account in Windows 10

    If this is for a local account, you should be able to remove it using an option below.

    Remove Password of Local Account in Windows 10
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    Hi, pretty certain its a local account only. I did that and after I did it, i think it removed the windows 10 password.


    It should show Add as an option in the password in sign in option right?


    Thanks.

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    Brink said:
    If this is for a Microsoft account, you will not be able to remove it since a password is required for a Microsoft account.

    How to Tell if Local Account or Microsoft Account in Windows 10

    If this is for a local account, you should be able to remove it using an option below.

    Remove Password of Local Account in Windows 10

    So after doing that... right now I will turn off bitlocker... i know there is message that says that will take a while. But once it does that... restart my laptop and it should start up with no bitlocker or windows 10 password ask right?
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    paulyjustin said:
    Hi, pretty certain its a local account only. I did that and after I did it, i think it removed the windows 10 password.


    It should show Add as an option in the password in sign in option right?


    Thanks.
    Correct. It will show the "Add" button for password if you do not have one for the account.

    Correct. When it has finished decrypting BitLocker, you should be good to go.
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    Brink said:
    Correct. It will show the "Add" button for password if you do not have one for the account.

    Correct. When it has finished decrypting BitLocker, you should be good to go.
    Thanks brink.
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    You're most welcome. Please let us know how it went.
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