I kinda/sorta asked a similar question on the desktop board forum.
Does Intel have any detailed guidance and descriptions on how SSDs and hard drive passwords work? I can't find answers for things like:
- What conditions need to be satisfied before the SSD is encrypted?
- How can you verify the SSD is encrypted?
- Do you have to set the hard drive password in the BIOS before you install the OS or can you do it afterwards?
- Does encryption require OS support?
- Does encryption depend on a TPM? Or is this a completely separate issue?
- Can the SSD encryption be used in conjunction with a TPM?
1. What conditions need to be satisfied before the SSD is encrypted?
- A motherboard that supports Hard Drive password: Desktop Boards; Hard disk drive password support
- An Intel® SSD with hardware encryption connected to SATA port 0.
- The encryption is only supported on a single SSD; RAID volumes are not supported.
2. How can you verify the SSD is encrypted?
- The word Set appears next to the respective password created.
- Create button is now Edit.
- Clear button becomes clickable.
- There is no access to the drive when connected to a different system without entering the password.
- Additionally, you can use Hard Drive password prompt feature (enabled by default without a password set).
3. Do you have to set the hard drive password in the BIOS before you install the OS or can you do it afterwards?
- You may set the password in BIOS at any time.
4. Does encryption require OS support?
- It is operating system independent; it will encrypt any data stored in the drive.
5. Does encryption depend on a TPM? Or is this a completely separate issue?
- Intel® SSDs have a hardware encryption and does not rely on TPM; it is completely separate as you can see some motherboards supporting the Hard Drive password feature do not include TPM.
6. Can the SSD encryption be used in conjunction with a TPM?
- You may use TPM or a software based encryption with the Intel® SSD but this is completely independent from the hardware encryption included in the Intel® SSD; which is the only encryption method Intel tests and supports. We only recommend using only one encryption method.
If you still have issues setting up this feature, try entering Intel® BIOS in maintenance mode with jumper in pins 2-3 and set up password there, or disconnect any other drive(s) from your system.
Yep, the last sentence in your previous post did the trick. Actually, I had to do all three things before I was able to set the HDD user password:
1. Set the bios config jumper to 2-3 position.
2. Disconnect all SATA devices, except the boot drive on port 0.
3. Switch from AHCI to IDE (compatibility) mode.
Wow, so many hoops! Curiously, for Master HDD password I only needed to switch to IDE mode.
At least it is working now. Thanks!