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How to enable FDE Full Drive Encryption on Seagate FDE drives

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I have a new dell latitude laptop that includes the a Seagate encrypted drive, model ST9250414ASG, momentus. 7200.FDE.2 drive.

I pulled the seagate disk drive out of the laptop and was able to read this drive by hooking it up to another computer, so encryption is not active and running.

I would expect that this drive is capable of working as a stand alone encrypted system and I need to figure out how to enable encryption on this Dell latititude E6510 laptop.

What do I do next?
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It seems like you only need to set a user password in bios according to

http://www.seagate.com/staticfiles/support/disc/manuals/notebook/momentus/7200%20FDE.2/100571983b.pdf

page 29

Upon receipt by the consumer, the drive’s user interface is identical to a Momentus 7200.3 drive. The normal ATA security commands are functioning and available for initialization of the password as follows:
Per normal ATA Security Commands specifications, the drive is unlocked and all ATA security commands and all normal ATA commands may be issued.

1.   Consumer accesses the computer manufacturer’s BIOS set-up screen.
2.   Consumer selects option to set User Password. After setting the User password, the drive is now under access control (locked) and will require a password for future accesses.

3.   Optional: Consumer selects the option to set the Master password from the BIOS choices.
4.   Consumer exits the BIOS settings menu and continues with the boot process.
5.   The BIOS enters the Security Freeze Command (F5) prior to exiting the boot sequence.

Tolomir
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This resolved my problem. After I set the hard drive password in the BIOS, the hard drive was no longer accessible without going through the normal boot process.
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by:Tolomir
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Ok, just make sure you write down the password and place it in a save location.

You also should consider a backup to some external harddrive. That encryption is not made to circumvent.
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After I enabled the hard drive password in the BIOS, I was reminded by a message that Dell also does have a password to access the hard drive. However, when the Dell password is used, the secure erase function is invoked and all contents of the drive is erased. Next I removed the drive from of the laptop and attached the drive to another Windows 7 computer and was not able to access the file syste on the drive. This is the behavior I expected. Prior to enabling the hard drive password, I was able to access the file system.
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