BitLocker hangs during encryption of drive

There is an encryption policy in effect, limiting writing to flash drives to those drives that are encrypted with BitLocker. From time to time, a user will call in, reporting that the encryption process has stalled, and does not seem to want to continue. Invariably, this occurs on drives that already contain data, and the encryption stalls when the process starts encountering actual data. A workaround is easy enough to enact, if a bit fiddly. Here’s how:

  1. Back up everything on the drive
  2. Format the drive
  3. Encrypt the drive with BitLocker
  4. Copy the contents back to the drive





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