Is it possible to create a bit identical image of a Windows 10 SSD using an Ubuntu live cd/usb?

If I boot into the laptop with the live/cd/usb, I can't see the drive using fdisk or gparted.

The laptop in question is a Dell Latitute 7490. The laptop has TPM enabled and the drive is encrypted using BitLocker. I have tried disabling BitLocker, but still can't see the drive to DD it when using a live cd/usb.

Output from sudo lsblk: enter image description here

Bitlocker was disabled using the Turn off BitLocker option.

Windows 10 was shutdown using both the shift key method and the shutdown /s /f /t 0 option.

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    Please edit your question to includ ethe output of sudo lsblk
    – vidarlo
    Commented Mar 6, 2019 at 18:06
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    @vidarlo, output added. Commented Mar 18, 2019 at 17:09
  • Please also explain how did you disable BitLocker? Do you have access to the Windows system? Did you simply disable the BitLocker service or did you decrypt the drive itself?
    – linux64kb
    Commented Mar 19, 2019 at 19:01
  • @linux64kb, Added the details as requested above. Commented Mar 20, 2019 at 14:50
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    Even if the drive is encrypted, it should be visible as a drive; would normally be /dev/sda and your Ubuntu live drive would be /dev/sdb. What kind of drive is it (where Windows is installed)? Is it a 'normal' SSD connected with SATA or m2 interface? -- You must 'see' the drive as a device in order to clone it with dd (slower, more risky) or Clonezilla (safer and faster).
    – sudodus
    Commented Mar 20, 2019 at 15:14

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There is a driver called dislocker for mounting BitLocker partition with FUSE

Available in Ubuntu repositories since 18.04:

sudo apt install dislocker

See more:

  • So using dislocker, I should be able to mount the drive, and then list it using fdisk and even DD it to create a backup of the entire drive? Commented Mar 21, 2019 at 10:36
  • You will be able to mount the crypted volumes - Of course you need the key file (.bek) or the recovery password. - Once installed, see the documentation man dislocker
    – cmak.fr
    Commented Mar 21, 2019 at 10:51

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