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Data recovery from a former bitlocker drive on which a new Win7 installation was

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November 5, 2012 4:14:37 PM

Hello all,

I happen to have reinstalled by mistake a new Windows7 OS on a drive (I had two drives one with an OS and another

with a bitlocker drive used for back up, both drives were IDE drives and the bitlocker was under slave mode if that

can be of any help... ) that hosted VERY important data and was encrypted by Bitlocker.What can I please do to

recover this formerly encrypted data? The drive is now recognized as an active healthy partition with an associated

drive letter (different from the original one)

I don't have the bitlocker key.

If you need any hardware info please let me know.

Help me please!

Best,

Mike
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November 5, 2012 4:23:24 PM

Even if you hadn't overwritten the data you would not be able to recover anything without the PIN. Bitlocker is very good at what it does, and there are no back doors. You've just learned a valuable lesson, the hard way, about the value of backups.
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November 5, 2012 4:26:52 PM

Check this link. Note on the left side of the screen will be other scenarios that may help you:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee523219%28v...

Keep in mind, as we have no way to verify you are the actual owner of this drive, further assistance is not possible. Discussions on how to bypass security measures are not allowed on Tom's Forums.
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November 5, 2012 4:31:43 PM

COLGeek said:
Check this link. Note on the left side of the screen will be other scenarios that may help you:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee523219%28v...

Keep in mind, as we have no way to verify you are the actual owner of this drive, further assistance is not possible. Discussions on how to bypass security measures are not allowed on Tom's Forums.



In all cases a valid PIN or recovery key are required. Neither one of which the OP has. In addition the original volume has been overwritten, making recovery very close to impossible, even if the stars were properly aligned.
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November 5, 2012 4:34:03 PM

ex_bubblehead said:
In all cases a valid PIN or recovery key are required. Neither one of which the OP has. In addition the original volume has been overwritten, making recovery very close to impossible, even if the stars were properly aligned.

Agreed. BL is VERY good at what it does and a positive outcome for the OP is not likely. Recovery of the underlying info on the previously overwritten HDD by the OS install may be the only viable (even if remote) option.
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