Resume Bitlocker - PowerShell


The Resume-Bitlocker command is used to resume encryption of a BitLocker-protected drive that was paused for modifications or other operations. This command ensures that the drive remains encrypted and protected from unauthorized access.


Resume-BitLocker [-MountPoint] <String> [-RecoveryPassword] <String>


  • -MountPoint: Specifies the mount point of the drive to resume encryption for.
  • -RecoveryPassword: Optionally specifies the recovery password used to encrypt the drive.


Simple usage:

Resume-BitLocker -MountPoint "C:"

Resuming encryption with a recovery password:

Resume-BitLocker -MountPoint "D:" -RecoveryPassword "MyRecoveryPassword"

Common Issues

  • Failed to resume encryption: Ensure that the drive is in an unlocked and paused state before running Resume-Bitlocker.
  • Incorrect recovery password: Verify that the recovery password is correct and has not been changed.


Resume-Bitlocker can be used in conjunction with other PowerShell commands to automate BitLocker management. For example, the following script unlocks, pauses, and resumes encryption of a specific drive:

Unlock-BitLocker -MountPoint "C:"
Pause-BitLocker -MountPoint "C:"
Resume-BitLocker -MountPoint "C:"
  • Unlock-BitLocker
  • Pause-BitLocker
  • Manage-Bde