How to access data from your Bitlocker enabled Windows To Go Workspace

Yesterday we looked at How to access data from the local disk when running a Windows To Go Workspace today we’re going to do the opposite. So let’s assume you’ve been working in your Windows To Go Workspace at home and saved a document locally. Now you are back in the office but didn’t start your Windows To Go Workspace but are working on a corporate Windows 7 client and require access to that file. Now you can either boot your Windows To Go Workspace and save the file from there on a shared location or just copy the data directly from the Windows To Go drive right?

Almost….. when you insert the Windows To Go USB stick into your running Windows 7/8 client Windows will not as usual detect the USB stick as a removable drive and let you access the data. This because when following the recommended process for provisioning a Windows To Go Workspace, the NoDefaultDriveLetter attribute was applied when the USB drive was prepared. This attribute specifies that the volume does not receive a drive letter by default. Therefore we must first assign a drive letter.

This can be done using the Disk Management console.

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But because we have  the Workspace protected with Bitlocker, we must first enter the password before we can access the content.

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