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Samsung EVO 850 encryption on Gigabyte mobo

I have just built a windows 7 pro pc with a gigabyte z97 mobo and a pair of EVO850 SSd's running a Mirror all well and good and goes like lightening.
But I need the drives encrypted so I set the BIOS to have a user password as this apparently causes the class 0 encryption of the drives. I run the Samsung magician software and he drives are all good etc, however when looking at the security options it only tells you how to set the class 0 rather than whether the drive has encrypted itself.
How best to check apart from I guess putting one of the drives into another machine which seems a bit Neanderthal.
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McKnife

8/22/2022 - Mon
McKnife

Read the help of magician, it should describe the steps you need. If I am not mistaken, it needs activation by installing an OS that supports these functions and win7 does not, but win8.1 and 10.
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oldtighthead

I'm led to believe that it is a pre-boot function between the bios and drive and therefore independent of OS.
Samsung say set the HDD password in BIOS ,  User password in BIOS has long be known as HDD password.
Hmmmmm
McKnife

You didn't read the help in magician, right? It says, if you click on the "how to enable"-button below "encrypted drive" in the section "data security": "Encrypted Drive can be switched to ‘Ready to enable using Magician. Then it is automatically enabled through
Secure Erase followed by a clean installation of an operating system with Encrypted Drive support
.
Please note that once Encrypted Drive is enabled, it cannot be disabled directly or reverted to Ready to enable’
status by the user using Magician."
Win7 is not such an OS.
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oldtighthead

Sorry I did read that as well but the grey matter didn't want to believe I had to go to 8.1. Wouldn't it be nice that the bios passes the password to the hardware encrypted drive and bingo or am I in lala land
McKnife

It kind of annoys me, too. There used to be FDE drives that didn't need that so it should work without 10/8.1, but not with the EVOs, I am afraid.
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oldtighthead

Does AES256 class 0 count as FDE ?
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David Johnson, CD

once you set it the drive is encrypted. the method you suggested to check is a perfectly valid routine
McKnife

David, I wouldn't be so sure. Did you do this yourself with these very drives 850 EVO? I did.