I enabled BitLocker™ encryption on one of my drives today and couldn’t seem to find a way of checking the status of the process. It turned out to be relatively easy.

Start a PowerShell command window as Administrator and enter the following command:

manage-bde -status L:

This will output a small hunk of information about the encryption status of the drive you selected.

C:\Windows\system32> manage-bde -status l:
BitLocker Drive Encryption: Configuration Tool version 6.3.9600
Copyright (C) 2013 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Volume L: [iSCSI]
[Data Volume]

    Size:                 926,87 GB
    BitLocker Version:    2.0
    Conversion Status:    Encryption in Progress
    Percentage Encrypted: 12,7%
    Encryption Method:    AES 128
    Protection Status:    Protection Off
    Lock Status:          Unlocked
    Identification Field: Unknown
    Automatic Unlock:     Disabled
    Key Protectors:
        Numerical Password


Just thought I'd put this here for my own future reference.

Update: *dough* I should have just checked my System Tray for this little fellow:


Clicking it gave me this neat little window:


Oh well. It’s always fun playing around with PowerShell I guess.

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