Unwanted SSD Encryption Solved

  1.    08 Jul 2016 #1

    Unwanted SSD Encryption

    My laptop has a Crucial MX100 SSD. Recent erratic system behavior (apparently malware) forced action. I first did a Reset. The problems persisted. So I backed up user data and performed a clean install. However, the problems soon reappeared. So I sanitized the disk and performed a clean install. System seems stable now, however...

    To my dismay, I have discovered that Windows turned on drive TCG encryption during the last clean install (of course, without telling me or giving an option ). Most of the information I've seen about TCG encryption refers to BitLocker. However, I have the Home Edition, which AFAIK, does not support BitLocker. Also, AFAIK, the Device Encryption feature is only available if you sign with a MS Account; I only use local accounts. So I'm confused as to how this mess happened in the first place. I'm using Legacy BIOS, do not have Secure Boot enable, nor was I ever prompted for an encryption password. WTF?

    I know for a fact that before the last clean install the drive was NOT encrypted (documentation states that TCG-enabled drives cannot be sanitized). I have always used Crucial Storage Executive's Over Provisioning feature, which is not available on an encrypted drive. I discovered the drive was encrypted when I attempted to enable Over Provisioning after the last clean install.

    Is there any way to remove the encryption? Or image the drive, remove encryption, and restore? Or am I screwed and have to somehow disable encryption and perform yet another clean install? I see references about opening a command prompt at the beginning of install and changing a registry setting (TCGSecurityActivationDisabled) to prevent encryption.

    I've never dealt with encrypted drives before. Any help is greatly appreciate!
    Last edited by claytoncarney; 08 Jul 2016 at 10:40.
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