Manage-bde: status


Updated: August 21, 2013

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8

Provides the following information about all drives on the computer; whether or not they are BitLocker-protected:

  • Size

  • BitLocker version

  • Conversion status

  • Percentage encrypted

  • Encryption method

  • Protection status

  • Lock status

  • Identification field

  • Key protectors

For examples of how this command can be used, see Examples.

manage-bde -status [<Drive>] [-protectionaserrorlevel] [-computername <Name>] [{-?|/?}] [{-help|-h}]




Represents a drive letter followed by a colon.


Causes the Manage-bde command-line tool to send the return code of 0 when the volume is protected and 1 when the volume is unprotected; most commonly used for batch scripts to determine if a drive is BitLocker-protected. You can also use -p as an abbreviated version of this command.


Specifies that Manage-bde.exe will be used to modify BitLocker protection on a different computer. You can also use -cn as an abbreviated version of this command.


Represents the name of the computer on which to modify BitLocker protection. Accepted values include the computer's NetBIOS name and the computer's IP address.

-? or /?

Displays brief Help at the command prompt.

-help or -h

Displays complete Help at the command prompt.

The following example illustrates using the -status command to display the status of drive C.

manage-bde –status C: