Windows encrypted external hard drive password

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  1. newmake macrumors newbie

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    I have an external hard drive that has an encrypted windows password from a previous work laptop. The problem is that I don't remember the password or have the laptop anymore. I can't open the USB drive on the Mac now and not sure if there's a program or way around the password to unlock it?

    Any help would be mostly appreciated.

    Cheers
     
  2. Nuke61 macrumors 6502

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    Can you just use Disk Utility and reformat it? If you're saying you need to preserve the contents, I don't think there's a way to do that.
     
  3. newmake thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Quite possibly. I'm not really clued up on these things but I will look into.

    Thanks for the advice. If you have any tips around the procedures that will take then please feel free to share.

    Cheers
     
  4. MrGimper macrumors 601

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    I'm guessing the drive was encrypted with BitLocker To Go. If so, you need a windows PC/bootcamp/vm to plug it in to. Then you need the password or BitLocker Recovery Key to mount it. Without either of those, you're toast I'm afraid.
     
  5. newmake thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Bit locker to go sounds familiar. Had a feeling it might not be possible.

    Cheers
     
  6. Nuke61 macrumors 6502

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