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10-03-2016 12:11 PM
Thank you for your investigation!
To sum it up, it looks like there are two cases where it is broken now:
- Crucial SSD as primary OS drive: was working before, but doesn't work anymore since W10 anniversary update
- Crucial SSD as secondary (non-OS) data drive: didn't work reliably even before the W10 anniversary update
From my point of view, it has to be a problem within Crucials firmware. I have tried SSDs with hardware Bitlocker from another manufacturer and the ST3000DM002 in Bitlocker mode as primary and secondary drive, and in all cases they were running flawlessly.
10-03-2016 07:54 PM
05-11-2018 08:37 AM
So... it's been two years now since we discussed this problem here. Obviously there was no feedback anymore coming from Crucial.
Is there any information about the state of eDrive / hardware encryption in their newer drives? Is it still unusable?
If I google this problem I can find only complaints about MX100, MX200 and MX300, nothing about the newer MX500 drives. Problems like freezes, partitions becoming RAW after several reboots, all related to TCG Command errors.
In all cases, the proposed "solution" was to do stuff like installing Intel Rapid Storage drivers or setting registry keys that prevent Windows from switching the drives to OPAL mode, both things fixing the problem by removing the support for eDrive and hardware encryption (because even the latest Intel RST drivers are still blocking TCG commands, thus preventing Windows to enable eDrive). At the same time, Micron and Crucial are advertizing the benefits of eDrive and hardware encryption. Btw., I still haven't seen even one single report of a working setup of eDrive / Bitlocker hardware encryption on Crucial drives.
It's more like almost everyone who didn't install Intel RST drivers has these problems. I'm writing here again because I saw plenty of "funny" threads in the forum of my preferred (German) retailer where people got their (brandnew) Crucial drives exchanged 3 or 4 times because of freezing issues or wiped (RAW) partitions together with TCG command errors, and of course exchanging the drive didn't help at all because it's a firmware problem that hasn't been fixed for years. It's really strange that there seems to be no motivation at all for Crucial to just solve this problem.
Just my two cents...
05-21-2018 04:11 AM - edited 05-21-2018 04:14 AM
Good news for anyone who is interested in Bitlocker hardware encryption!
I got my hands on a new MX500 and can confirm that eDrive is indeed working as expected and reliable without any issues. No TCG errors, no freezes, no sudden data partition wipe after each reboot.
Looks like the new controller they use in the MX500 is doing this job much much better...