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With new Win 8.1 UEFI laptop with eDrive (SED that meets eDrive) how to tell if BitLocker using the hard drive chip encryption or software

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I have a new Win 8 designed laptop with UEFI that I put in a Crucial M500 480 GB SED (Self Encrypting Drive) that is Opal 2 spec and meets IEEE spec. to be an "eDrive" for Windows 8.

I installed Win 8 Pro on my new SSD SED (has encryption in hard drive chips that once turned on does all encryption at hardware level).

I then turned on BitLocker on C: and D: (each 225 approx. on the physical hard drive) and encrypted both.  It took about 10 to 15 minutes to complete the BitLocker encryption process doing this.

What I need to know is:  Did the BitLocker take control of the SSD SED Drive and is using the hardware encryption built in to the hard drive hardware or is BitLocker still being done in Software like in older hard drives that do not are not SED (eDrives).

I can not locate any status that tells me how BitLocker is doing the encryption.   If it is being done in software (like old ways) than that is slower etc. and defeats the purpose of having an SED (eDrive) for the SSD.

I contacted Crucial tech support for their Crucial M500 480 GB drive and they said it sounded like it was using the hardware since it only took about 10 to 15 minutes to encrypt the C and D partitions but since I have a high end i7 with SSD it still may have not taken ownership of the drive and is just doing in software for the BitLocker encryption.  They said they did not know how to tell if BitLocker was using hardware or just doing software.

I am sure there must be a way to tell from some system status.

Any help or ideas??  I need to know this.

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