Manage-bde: ForceRecovery


Updated: August 21, 2013

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

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}]




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: