1.    18 Feb 2016 #1
    Join Date : Feb 2016
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    Windows 10 Pro x64

    BitLocker functionality (currently having some issues)


    I recently decided to encrypt all my data, on every machine, which covers two desktop PC's and a laptop, all running Windows 10 Pro x64. I've now started the work with BitLocker by encrypting a few external drives plus a few secondary store drives on my main machine, which consists of an OS SSD drive (850 Pro) plus around ten HDD's. I've so far tested without TPM, enabling this route via gpedit.msc*.

    I've decided to use solely a well memorized +ten digit password to open up the drives and not keep anything written down or elsewhere stored keys for maximum security. Much to my disappointment I found out that the encrypted drives can only be opened on the particular machine the encryption was done. When docked via SATA->USB adapter on another machine everything appears working normally, but the drive just won't accept the password. It won't event accept the 48 digit recovery password on another machine, copy-pasted directly to exclude the possibility of typos.

    Greatly appreciating your input.

    edit:
    *via this step:
    Windows 8.1: Enable BitLocker Drive Encryption (with or without TPM) - YouTube
    Last edited by nitelife; 18 Feb 2016 at 13:02.
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  2.    22 Feb 2016 #2
    Join Date : Jul 2015
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    Windows 10 Pro x64

    Quote Originally Posted by nitelife View Post
    I recently decided to encrypt all my data, on every machine, which covers two desktop PC's and a laptop, all running Windows 10 Pro x64. I've now started the work with BitLocker by encrypting a few external drives plus a few secondary store drives on my main machine, which consists of an OS SSD drive (850 Pro) plus around ten HDD's. I've so far tested without TPM, enabling this route via gpedit.msc*.

    I've decided to use solely a well memorized +ten digit password to open up the drives and not keep anything written down or elsewhere stored keys for maximum security. Much to my disappointment I found out that the encrypted drives can only be opened on the particular machine the encryption was done. When docked via SATA->USB adapter on another machine everything appears working normally, but the drive just won't accept the password. It won't event accept the 48 digit recovery password on another machine, copy-pasted directly to exclude the possibility of typos.

    Greatly appreciating your input.

    edit:
    *via this step:
    Windows 8.1: Enable BitLocker Drive Encryption (with or without TPM) - YouTube
    What OS are the "other machine" running that you are trying to open these drives on?
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  3.    22 Feb 2016 #3
    Join Date : Feb 2016
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    Quote Originally Posted by garydexter View Post
    What OS are the "other machine" running that you are trying to open these drives on?
    All systems are running the same W10 Pro x64. It beats me, why neither the password or the recovery keys do not work. I'd need to get this sorted asap before continuing the encryption any further. I can't rely that only one system is able to open a particular encrypted drive.
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  4.    26 Feb 2016 #4
    Join Date : Feb 2016
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    Thread Starter

    ^up

    I really need help solving this.
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  5.    26 Feb 2016 #5
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    Windows 10 Pro

    I think you need to use Bitlocker To Go on external drives.
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