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kmelch
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Unclear how to encrypt new M500

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Hi All,

 

I'm relatively computer savy.  I have built computers, rebuilt them, am a Windows power-user, am my work department's unofficial IT guy, run dual-boot systems, run Windows VMs in my Linux box and Linux VMs in my Window boxes...  I can usually accomplish anything in 15 minutes via a combination of Newegg and Google.  But in 3 hours of sifting through the internet, I can't find a single how-to on encrypting my new M500 in my Samsung RC512-S01 notebook.  Everything I read leads to one of two options:

 

1.  Pay over a hundred bucks to upgrade my Win7 Home Premium to Ultimate, or

2.  Pay over a hundred bucks to buy somethign like SecureDoc from WinMagic

 

Are you kidding me?  There's not a single free option to enable the native hardware encryption on this drive?  Crucial doesn't provide software?  Not even for the close-to-$500 I paid for this 960GB drive?  I've always used whole-disc software encryption (via TrueCrypt) on my HDD Windows installs, but understand that's likely to kill the drive faster.  Starting to have buyers remorse...

 

Confused,

kmelch

 

Edit: After more reading, it appears that an acceptable "consumer grade" approach to using the drive's hardware encryption is to enable the UEFI Boot Mode in the BIOS, assign a BIOS password, and then assign the SDD UEFI password.  As I understand, this applies my password-specific encryption key to the drive's data I/O.  As a home user, I shouldn't need anything like BitLocker or SecureDoc.  Does this sound right?...

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Crucial_YogiH
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Re: Unclear how to encrypt new M500

in reply to kmelch

Hi kmelch,

 

Thanks for contacting us today. Your edit is correct. You can definitely use the password capabilities of your BIOS. 

 

Please let us know if there is anything else that we may help you with. 

 

 

YogiH, Crucial Moderator, US


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kmelch
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Re: Unclear how to encrypt new M500

in reply to Crucial_YogiH

Thanks YogiH,

 

A follow-up question:  Will setting a UEFI password actually work with the the drive's encryption/controller so that the drive cannot be read without the new password?  IE, if someone steals the computer, can they just remove the drive and read the files using an external enclosure?

 

Thanks,

kmelch

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Re: Unclear how to encrypt new M500

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Hi kmelch,

 

Unfortunately, a UEFI password will only protect those who may attempt to get on your computer. It will not protect your computer if someone steals it and takes out the hard drive.  I hope this clarifies. 

 

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Re: Unclear how to encrypt new M500

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in reply to Crucial_YogiH

I believe that what YogiH is refering to is Supervisor Password or User Password. It is a HDD Password option you want since that should work with the drive and trigger so-called ATA password protection. And you could actually easily check if that works the way you have described - by setting up HDD Password, removing the drive and trying to read it using an external enclosure or other system :smileywink:

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Re: Unclear how to encrypt new M500

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Yes, that's exactly what I was referring too. I am sorry I wasn't more clear. Thanks for helping clarify, bogdan! 

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