There are many reasons why you may want to dual-boot Windows and Linux. In most cases, you won’t have a problem with this installation, but if you have a BitLocker-encrypted Windows partition, you’re having trouble accessing your files.

The good news is that the problem can be circumvented by using a free Linux tool called Dislocker. Dislocker allows you to unpack and install a BitLocker-encrypted partition so that you can use it while using Linux. This tutorial shows you how.

Install Dislocker

Dislocker can decrypt BitLocker-encrypted partitions. It converts them into virtual partitions, which can then be installed on Linux and used like any other partition.

Install Dislocker first. If you are using Ubuntu or Debian based Linux distributions, including Basic OS and Linux Mint, type the following command in the terminal:

If Disclocker is not available in the archives of the distribution you want, you can follow these instructions to download, compile, and install Dislocker on your computer.

Create two new installation directories

Create two directories before decrypting. The first is the “lock file”, which is a virtual “file” on the NTFS partition that Dislocker created before installing it for access. The second is the folder you need when you install the extracted partition.

Linux Bitlocker Create installation folders

Create the folders you need by typing the following commands on your terminal:

Find the BitLocker section

The device name of the encrypted partition is required for Dislocker to decrypt it. Use fdisk a list of all available partitions.

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Bitlocker Linux Fdisk partitions and locking

Run the following command:

Make a note of the device name of the BitLocker-encrypted partition.

Extract the BitLocker section

The next step is to extract the partition. The device name of the BitLocker partition is required along with the password you used to encrypt this partition. Type the following command:

Replace with the partition device name you typed earlier. Replace With the BitLocker password you used to encrypt the drive.

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If you want to extract the read-only volume, add -r option:

Attach the score

The last step is to install the partition so you can access your files. Use the following command:

You should now access the “/ media / mount” folder in your file manager and get full access to your encrypted volume on Linux.

Installed and uninstalled the Bitlocker Linux partition

If you want to install the partition in read-only mode, add -r option:

Partition encryption on Linux

BitLocker is not native support, so you need a tool like Dislocker to work around this issue. You can encrypt partitions on Linux to ensure that all data on that platform is also protected. You know that your information is encrypted no matter what operating system you use.

Do you have any other Linux encryption tips to share? Leave them in the comments section below.

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