manage-bde device is not ready

Bitlocker was prompting me fro the recovery each time I booted. The solution to this is the following:
manage-bde -protectors c: -disable
manage-bde -protectors c: -ENABLE

However I was then told that the device was not ready when enabling it. The solution is to fire up disk management, assign a drive letter to the hidden partition and then give it a go. This worked for me and I was able to enable it fine. I then removed the drive letter.

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