BitLockerÂ Drive Encryption is a data protection feature that integrates with the operating system and addresses the threats of data theft or exposure from lost, stolen, or inappropriately decommissioned drives and computers.
You can temporarilyÂ suspend BitLocker protectionÂ (pause) whenever you like for an unlocked drive encrypted by BitLockerâ€”for example, if you need to install new software that BitLocker might otherwise blockâ€”and then resume BitLocker protection on the drive again when you’re ready.
Suspend keeps the data encrypted but encrypts the BitLocker volume master key with a clear key. The clear key is a cryptographic key stored unencrypted and unprotected on the disk drive. By storing this key unencrypted, the Suspend option allows for changes or upgrades to the computer without the time and cost of decrypting and re-encrypting the entire drive. After the changes are made and BitLocker is again enabled, BitLocker will reseal the encryption key to the new values of the measured components that changed as a part of the upgrade, the volume master key is changed, the protectors are updated to match and the clear key is erased.
When youÂ suspend BitLocker protectionÂ for anÂ OS drive, it will remain unlocked and unprotected until you either manuallyÂ resume BitLocker protectionÂ for the drive, or have it resume BitLocker protection automatically the next time you restart the PC.
When youÂ suspend BitLocker protectionÂ for aÂ fixed data drive, it will remain unlocked and unprotected until you manuallyÂ resume BitLocker protectionÂ for the drive. This is even after you restart the PC.
When youÂ suspend BitLocker protectionÂ for aÂ removable data drive, it will remain unlocked and unprotected until you manuallyÂ resume BitLocker protectionÂ for the drive. This is even after you restart the PC, or disconnect and reconnect the drive.
This tutorial will show you how to addÂ Suspend BitLocker protectionÂ to the context menu of all unlocked drives encrypted by BitLocker for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.