I'm building up a new machine with a Supermicro MB equipped with a TPM and a Seagate Constellation ES.3 SED drive (ST200NM0053). The MB has the AMI BIOS which does see the TPM.
I've installed Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials. I'm now struggling to enable hard drive encryption using the SED feature of the hard drive.
My understanding (which is pretty weak) is the Windows BitLocker software can work with the TPM to support hard drive encryption but that Windows requires the hard drive to support OPAL 2, which the Seagate drive does not support.
I don't think I need to be concerned about this, because I'm under the impression that with this Seagate drive and a MB that supports TPM, I can enable the encryption regardless of what OS is running and manage the encryption, its related keys, backup, migration, etc. all through the BIOS. Furthermore, the OS won't even see that the drive is encrypted and needs no encryption capabilities or support at all.
But how do I enable encryption through the BIOS? I've gotten as far as enabling the TPM but I don't see anywhere where I can encrypt the drive or change the default password that the manufacturer installed on the drive.
What are my next steps and where might they be documented?