How to Decrypt Drive

In this tutorial, we will teach you how to decrypt drive. For the purpose of this tutorial, we have already encrypted a removable disk. We will teach you how to decrypt it and remove encryption from this removable disk in this tutorial.


Step 1 – Open Computer

Follow this step by step guide in order to learn how to decrypt drive.
First of all, click on the start button and from the start menu, open the Computer.

Go to start menu

Step 2 – Unlock drive

For the purpose of this tutorial, we have already created an encrypted removable disk. We will right click on the drive and from the drop down menu, select the unlock drive option.

Unlock drive option

Step 3 – Enter password in drive encryption

As a result, the bitlocker drive encryption window will open. Over there, you’d have to enter the password for the drive. Once you are done, hit the enter key in order to unlock.

Bitlocker drive encryption window

Step 4 – Open bitlocker

Now go back to the start menu and open the control panel. From there, go to system and security and then click on the bitlocker drive encryption option.

Bitlocker drive encryption option

Step 5 – Turn off bitlocker

Once there, go to the removable drive region and click on the turn off bitlocker option. As a result, a pop up will appear on your screen informing you that your drive will be decrypted. Click on the decrypt drive button in order to proceed.

Turn bitlocker off

Step 6 – Decrypt drive

As a result, the decryption will begin. You can monitor the decryption process from the bitlocker dialog box. Once the decryption has completed, click on the close button to exit the dialog box.

Decryption process

Step 7 – Encryption removed

Now open computer and locate the removable drive that was just decrypted. Right click on it and select the eject option. You’d be prompted with a warning message. Click on the continue button to eject the drive. Once done, we will plug in the removable drive again and will open it. You will notice that there is no encryption anymore and the contents of the drive will be visible to you. In this manner, you can decrypt a drive.

Eject the removable drive