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BitLocker: Cannot Enable on Cloned Disk

Enabling BitLocker on a cloned drive may present some errors.

“The path specified in the Boot Configuration Data (BCD) for a BitLocker Drive Encryption integrity-protected application is incorrect. Please verify and correct your BCD settings and try again.”

To remedy:

  1. Open an elevated command prompt

  2. Type:

    diskpart

    Then:

    select disk 0
    list volume

    This will show output similar to:

      Volume ###  Ltr  Label        Fs     Type        Size     Status     Info
      ----------  ---  -----------  -----  ----------  -------  ---------  --------
      Volume 0     D                       DVD-ROM         0 B  No Media
      Volume 1     C                NTFS   Partition    460 GB  Healthy    Boot
      Volume 2         ESP          FAT32  Partition    260 MB  Healthy    System
      Volume 3     E                NTFS   Partition   1397 GB  Healthy

    Note the volume number of the System partition; in this example it is 2.

  3. To exit DiskPart, type:

    exit

  4. Type:

    bcdedit -set {bootmgr} device partition=\Device\HarddiskVolume2
    bcdedit -set {memdiag} device partition=\Device\HarddiskVolume2

    (where HarddiskVolume2 uses the volume number from step 2.)

“The volume does not contain a recognized file system, Please make sure that all required file system drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted.”

This might happen if the system has an optical drive. Use Device Manager to disable the drive, then follow the instructions above. Reboot, then enable the device.

“The system cannot find the file specified”.

This may be resolved as follows:

  1. Open an elevated command prompt.

  2. Type:

    ren %SystemRoot%\System32\Recovery\ReAgent.xml *.old

  3. Reboot.

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