Hmmm. Not sure what I did (other than completely powering down) but I was able to set the password.
It would still be nice if Intel could provide detailed guidance on how BIOS passwords & encrypting SSDs work and how to configure them.
We do not have a detailed document explaining how to set a hard drive password, but some information we can give you is the following:
- Hard driver password is limited to only one hard drive, therefore it is not available when you choose RAID SATA mode. It won’t matter if you use or not the SATA port 0.
- RAID volumes are not supported.
- A hard drive has to be connected to the SATA 0 port. This will enable the 'HDD Password' options on the BIOS.
- The password needs to be at least 2 characters and at most 8 characters long. 0.
This link will show you the list of desktop boards that have HDD password support. http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/sb/CS-034023.htm
This other one will provide you information on how clearing BIOS passwords.