We have a rule in my company that all PC drives must be encrypted with BitLocker, including laptops.
My own Windows 8 laptop has a tendency to hang at shutdown, black screen but the computer never stops (once waited for 30 minutes to no avail). I'd say it happens 25% of the time on average. The problem is, I then have to stop it manually and when it reboots I get the "Bitlocker blue screen of death" asking me to enter the recovery key.
If I have the key at hand everything then goes back on track, but I'm carrying this computer around everywhere I go, including places I don't have access to my company's network where the key is stored.
I understand the recovery key can be used to decrypt the drive, so I imagine it is not safe to have it with me all the time. I'm tempted to store it on my cell phone though, because if the laptop fails on me in the middle of nowhere/abroad/at a client's/on a train I have no other choice except calling someone at the office to give with the key - which I don't know if they'll be willing to do.
How can I deal with that problem ? Is Bitlocker really a reliable option for a mobile device considering potential hardware failings (especially in an SSD drive) ?