All you need to know about encryption and how to keep your data secure

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More and more data applications are adopting, and sometimes requiring, encrypted data solutions. There are many ways to secure and encrypt data on your SSD, which can make it hard to choose the best option for your needs. The type of security you need will be determined as to what you are using this security for. If you are using this drive to protect business assets, or are wanting to secure your own personal files, you may choose a different way to secure your system. Data security can be broken down into three forms-software encryption, hardware encryption, and ATA security. Each type has different degrees of security and some can even affect system performance.


Our parent company Micron, was one of the first manufacturers to bring full drive encryption capability to our solid-state drives with our self-encrypting drives (SEDs). The majority of drives we sell are SEDs (our M series drives from the M500 on). Our SED SSDs make it super easy to swap out a hard drive, or existing SSD, to a drive with data security. If you purchased a new SSD and are needing to protect your data, and keep your drive secure, you may be interested in data encryption and security for your Crucial SSD.


A self-encrypting drive (SED) encrypts all data at the hardware level. This is done by the controller as the data is written to the NAND. This data is then decrypted again by the controller as it is read from the NAND. With an SED the encryption is always turned on. In order to protect your data the password needs to be activated by encryption management software. A few examples of compatible software would be Win 8 Bitlocker, Wave, WinMagic, etc. Windows 8.1 and 10 Professional/ Enterprise versions all automatically support software encryption with Bitlocker. To learn more about the requirements of enabling Bitlocker we advise reading the article here.


As a password is required every time you log onto your computer, losing this or forgetting it, can prevent you from accessing your data. If you are unable to remember your password then you can do a PSID revert which enables you to reset the password. This will return the drive to factory settings. However, your data will no longer be retrievable. Our Crucial Storage Executive software gives you the ability to perform this yourself and it can be easily downloaded here

Replacing an old hard drive or a SSD with a SED SSD can make data security a breeze! Improving your data security does require some extra precaution, but it doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Your data is an asset, encrypt it and make the most out of it.