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Bitlocker Drive Encryption Status

by Ken Taylor published Oct 09, 2013 05:45 PM, last modified Jan 28, 2014 11:40 AM
How to manually check how far along Bitlocker is with encrypting a hard drive.

Checking Bitlocker's Hard Drive Encryption Status:

 

If there's no Bitlocker drive encryption status in the tray, you can check the progress manually from an elevated command prompt by entering the following command:

manage-bde -status

Examples:

Note especially the Conversion Status and Percentage Encrypted

Encryption in Process:

C:\Windows\system32>manage-bde -status
BitLocker Drive Encryption: Configuration Tool version 6.1.7601
Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Disk volumes that can be protected with
BitLocker Drive Encryption:
Volume C: []
[OS Volume]

    Size:                 465.38 GB
    BitLocker Version:    Windows 7
    Conversion Status:    Encryption in Progress
    Percentage Encrypted: 99%
    Encryption Method:    AES 128 with Diffuser
    Protection Status:    Protection Off
    Lock Status:          Unlocked
    Identification Field: None
    Key Protectors:
        TPM
        External Key
        Numerical Password


C:\Windows\system32>

Fully Encrypted:

C:\Windows\system32>manage-bde -status
BitLocker Drive Encryption: Configuration Tool version 6.1.7601
Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Disk volumes that can be protected with
BitLocker Drive Encryption:
Volume C: []
[OS Volume]

    Size:                 465.38 GB
    BitLocker Version:    Windows 7
    Conversion Status:    Fully Encrypted
    Percentage Encrypted: 100%
    Encryption Method:    AES 128 with Diffuser
    Protection Status:    Protection On
    Lock Status:          Unlocked
    Identification Field: None
    Key Protectors:
        TPM
        External Key
        Numerical Password


C:\Windows\system32>

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