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BitLocker Login with Universal Docking Station

BitLocker

The DocKtor is often asked, “Can Microsoft Windows BitLocker can be used with Targus Universal Docking Stations?”  The answer is, “Yes!”

The only caveat is that you must unlock the drive before the docking station can be used; this is not unlike many security programs that require the user to logon/login before Windows starts up.  This is because the DisplayLink software will not be running until Windows is started.  Therefore, you should have your local screen active (lid open) to unlock your BitLocker drive and startup Windows.

For more on Bitlocker, c/o this.

 

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  1. Recently a customer could not get BitLocker to work with a Toshiba Portege Z30-C and the Targus docking station.

    If they imaged the Z30-C with the docking station attached, and then disconnected the docking station and booted, they were asked for the BitLocker Recovery Key.

    If they imaged the Z30-C without the docking station connected, then connected the docking station and booted, they were asked for the BitLocker Recovery Key.

    Solution.
    When connecting a USB docking station to the left hand port of a new Z30-C, please ensure to set the Advanced BIOS option “System On CDP Charge Mode = Disabled” to avoid the prompt for the BitLocker Recovery Key. This setting controls the behaviour of the high powered USB device charging port.

    It is highly likely that other brands/models have similar settings for their high powered USB ports, so this is one to watch for.

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