Disable BitLocker - PowerShell


The Disable-BitLocker command disables BitLocker encryption on a specified volume, rendering it accessible without a password or key. It can be used to disable BitLocker on local hard drives, removable drives, and fixed data drives.


Disable-BitLocker [-Volume | -MountPoint] [-Confirm] [-WhatIf]


  • -Volume : Specifies the volume to disable BitLocker on.
  • -MountPoint : Specifies the drive letter or mount point of the volume to disable BitLocker on.
  • -Confirm: Prompts you for confirmation before disabling BitLocker.
  • -WhatIf: Shows what would happen if the command is executed without actually disabling BitLocker.




Simple Usage

Disable BitLocker on a local hard drive (E:):

Disable-BitLocker -Volume E:

Complex Usage

Disable BitLocker on a removable drive with a custom mount point (U:\External Drive):

Disable-BitLocker -MountPoint U:\External\ Drive

Common Issues

  • Access Denied Error: Ensure that you have administrative privileges on the system.


Combine Disable-BitLocker with other commands for advanced tasks, such as:

Get-Volume | Disable-BitLocker
  • Get-BitLockerVolume
  • Enable-BitLocker
  • Suspend-BitLocker