Samsung's 840/850 EVO SSDs have hardware full disk encryption feature, however the stock disk management app (Magician) only mentions BitLocker's support.

Encrypted Drive feature provided by BitLocker® Drive Encryption in Windows® 8 and Windows Server® 2012.

As user of Windows 10 Home I am not able to use this feature (BitLocker is available only in Pro / Ultimate versions of Windows). While looking for an alternative I came across DiskCryptor (TrueCrypt doesn't seem too reliable now). The website mentions support for hardware AES acceleration, but only on CPU side(?):

Support for hardware AES acceleration: AES New Instructions set on recent Intel and AMD CPUs; PadLock extensions on VIA processors.

Will DiskCryptor benefit from EVO's hardware encryption feature? If not, are there another BitLocker and TrueCrypt alternatives that would make use of it?

I am only interested in FDE using disk hardware solutions. Engaging CPU power in my case isn't worth it.


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DiskCryptor will likely not benefit from the hardware FDE stuff on the SSD. The best information I can find is that the drive always encrypts, it's just a question of whether or not the key is password protected, as it should be to actually be relevant.

If your BIOS/EFI supports it, you can actually enable it there: Security > Password on boot > HDD Password (Will differ depending on the BIOS) This should then "just work".

EDIT: There's some really interesting discussion here: http://www.sevenforums.com/hardware-devices/314650-my-review-samsung-840-evo-ssd-full-drive-encryption.html

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