Mac and Windows operate on two different operating systems. By default, a drive encrypted by Windows BitLocker can’t be read or accessed by macOS. When you insert the BitLocker encrypted drive or connect it with your Mac, the drive is not readable. And the Mac offers no assistance to solve this problem. Thus, a question arises: how to open BitLocker drive on Mac? Fortunately, we have answers.
Method 1: Install Windows 10 On Mac With Boot Camp
One of the easiest ways to open a BitLocker drive on your Mac is by installing the Windows 10 operating system on your macOS. After installing the Windows 10 operating system on your Mac using Boot Camp, you can seamlessly switch between macOS and Windows.
Step 1: Check For The System Requirements
Before you can start with the whole installation process, you first need to make sure that your system supports the installation of the Windows operating system. Unfortunately, there are only a few limited Mac models that support Boot Camp assistance.
With this, you need the following in your Mac:
- 64GB free space in your storage device (128GB recommended).
- If you are using an external hard drive to install, you need to have a 16GB+ USB flash drive at least.
Now that you know what your system requires to move forward with this method, the next thing is to create a Windows partition using Boot Camp.
- Open your Boot Camp Assistant.
- Insert your USB drive.
- Boot Camp Assistant will help you create a bootable drive for Windows installation by using this USB flash drive.
- Set the size of the partition.
Once the Boot Camp is done with creating the partition, the next step is to format it. The installer will automatically format the Boot Camp partition, but there are a few times when it asks the user to select a location for installing the Windows. If you ever get prompted or asked about the location, select the Boot Camp partition and click Format.
If there are devices connected with the system and have no role in the installation process, unplugging them might be the best option.
After the format is done, you will be able to see a set of instructions on the screen windows; follow the instructions carefully to install the Windows operating system.
It helps to download and install Windows. However, this process has its issues, so if you do not get any Windows Boot Camp installer pop-ups, do it manually to complete the installation process.
After you have successfully installed Windows 10 on your Mac, you can open and access your BitLocker drive on your Mac when you switch to the Windows 10 operating system.
Method 2 Use BitLocker for Mac Software
Another method to open a BitLocker drive on a Mac computer is to use BitLocker for Mac software. Here we take M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac as an example.
Step 1 Download this BitLocker for Mac tool and install it on your Mac.
Step 2 Launch this utility and connect the BitLocker drive you want to open with your Mac computer.
Step 3 Click Unlock, select the Volume Mounter option, and enter the right password to unlock this drive so that you can open or access it. When it comes down to opening a BitLocker drive with this BitLocker for Mac program, you need to ensure that you have the recovery key or password to open this drive before you can download and install this software.
The two methods mentioned in this article are proven solutions to open BitLocker drives on Mac. If you are obsessed with such a problem, just take the two solutions into consideration.
Eileen is a marketing specialist for m3datarecovery.com, which specializes in the field of data recovery and data security. As a tech enthusiast, Eileen has a great interest in Mac software, applications, and technology products.
The views expressed in the article are those of the author. Apple Tech Talk has not independently tested BitLocker for Mac and makes no representations regarding its use.