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Encrypted SSD on Surface Pro 2, 256GB

Posted on 2014-03-08
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From my research I believe the 256GB SSD on my Surface Pro 2 is now encrypted. How can I verify that it is actually encrypted.
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Question by:Martin Campbell
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by:McKnife
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Bitlocker, you mean?
The disk icon would have a padlock as overlay.
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by:Sivaraj E
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@ Martin is your drive looks like this ?

Bit Locker
Its a bit locker encryption enabled drive

If it look like this then it will be a normal drive not encrypted

Normal Drive
Regards, Shiva
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by:Michael-Best
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Bitlocker is a software based Encryption
Hardware based Encryption (TPM) Trusted Platform Module will show up in the Device Manager.
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Lee W, MVP earned 175 total points
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BitLocker is software based encryption that requires a TPM or another form of key.  The surface pro 2 comes with a TPM though I'm not sure if BitLocker is enabled.  Simply right click the drive - if an option to Enable Bitlocker is there, then it's not enabled otherwise, it should say Manage Bitlocker.  The image of the G: drive by Sivaraj E is UNLOCKED but enabled (I believe BitLocker Suspended).
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by:Sivaraj E
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If you still need more understanding on Bit locker / TPM enabled ?

Go through this link.

http://www.homehelptech.ie/blog/tag/bitlocker/

Regards, Shiva
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by:McKnife
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Side note: bitlocker in Windows 8 and above does support self encrypting drives and calls that (if utilised) "Hardware encryption" while using it's own method, it calls it Software encryption. And @Michael-Best: TPM has nothing to do with "Hardware based encryption" the way bitlocker understands it. The TPM module does not encrypt.
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by:Michael-Best
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Clarification to: ID: 39915296 "Hardware based encryption"

TPM is a hardware chip working in conjunction with software to encrypt.
Encryption software (if installed) can be viewed and controlled in Device Manager.
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by:Martin Campbell
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I'm glad I asked! My drive is not encrypted. I'll enable it. Thanks everybody.
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by:McKnife
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And to set further things straight, the image of the G: drive by Sivaraj E is not suspended. After supplying the key this is the normal Image you see.
And (whatever) encryption software cannot be controlled or be seen in device Manager.
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