Getting h/w encryption on my laptop has been a bit of a nightmare, but I thought I had it working.... Here is what I did:
- Installed M.2 Samsung 850 evo drive
- Installed samsung magician, and set Encryption to Ready to Enable.
- Removed existing HDD
- Ran samsung secure erase from DVD.
- Installed Win10
- Installed Samsung Magician (It said Encryption enabled, finally!)
- Turned on Bitlocker. It did not prompt me for how much of the drive to encrypt, which (I was told) means that it is using hardware encryption of the drive.
- Added the HDD back.
- Updated all my drivers to latest versions for my laptop (Asus GL552VW), including Intel RST drivers (14.x)
After doing all that I just noticed that BitLocker is turned off on my C: drive (the m.2 drive)! I looked in Magician and it still says Encryption is enabled. So I went into Bitlocker to turn it on again for the drive. But now it is prompting me to encrypt used space, or whole disk, which means it isn't using h/w encryption.
What am I doing wrong here? Do I need to enable Secure Boot in BIOS? I have read that the Intel RST drivers can cause problems, but I thought that was only with older versions? Is IRST still an problem?
Edit: When I look in the Disk Management took, I see the C: partition of Disk 1 says: NTFS(Bitlocker Encrypted)., But in Bitlocker Drive Encryption tool it says it is off. Manage-BDE -status c: says that there is no encryption. Really confused now.