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Manage-bde: forcerecovery

Updated: April 17, 2012

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2

Forces a BitLocker-protected drive into recovery mode on restart. This command deletes all Trusted Platform Module (TPM)-related key protectors from the drive. When the computer restarts, only a recovery password or recovery key can be used to unlock the drive. For examples of how this command can be used, see Examples.

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


Parameter Description


Represents a drive letter followed by a colon.


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 -forcerecovery command to cause BitLocker to start in recovery mode on drive C.

manage-bde –forcerecovery C:

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