Access A BitLocker-Encrypted USB Flash Drive In Windows 8.1


Once you have used BitLocker to encrypt a flash drive, you will need to access it. When using the flash drive to move files between computers, there are a number of things to keep in mind.

-To access the flash drive, you will need the password you set when encrypting it (or the smart card, if you configured it to use a smart card).

-You can access the encrypted flash drive on a computer running Windows Vista or higher – that means Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 can all read the flash drive.

-Mac OS X and Linux computers cannot read the flash drive.

To access the drive on a compatible Windows 8.1 computer, plug it into a USB drive. You will receive a notification that the drive is available. Tap or click on the notification, and you will see a prompt for entering the drive’s BitLocker password. Enter the password, and the drive will be unlocked and you can access its files normally.

If you miss the notification, you can get it back again by going to File Explorer, This PC, and then by double-clicking on the encrypted drive’s icon.