I've placed an Intel 660p drive in a Lenovo T480s. I can't figure out whether encryption is already in place, or if it's not, whether and how I can enable it.
- Lenovo's FDE (full disk encryption) FAQ says:
Any ThinkPad notebook that uses Serial ATA (SATA) hard drives can use an FDE drive; however, the FDE menu enable utility is only supported on some systems
My T480s is not listed under supported systems but T400/410 etc are so I don't fully trust the page, it may be outdated.
- Various Intel 660p product pages as well as reviews say that
The 660p features AES-256 encryption with Pyrite 1.0 and 2.0 support, which is a nice addition for the security conscious, but this is not useful since Pyrite seems to be a specification which is not mentioned by the manufacturer (Lenovo), nor do I see such support with other laptops.
- Another SE question is useful in saying encryption would work out-of-the-box if the BIOS "ATA password" is set but I have no such password option, also the question refers to a different Intel SSD, the Intel 520. Also, the 660p is not a SATA drive - it is NVMe, but again, I don't know how this is relevant - do NVMe drives not require cooperation of the host system to implement encryption?
- The question has also been asked here but with no answer.