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.



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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