Lenovo Legion Y540 - eDrive (hardware encryption) support (BitLocker)

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  1. Zaporro

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    Hi everyone,

    I was wondering if Lenovo Legion Y540-17IHR (the one with i7 CPU and GTX1060ti on board) laptops support Hardware Encryption with BitLocker and eDrive? I'm talking about procedure that is described in here https://helgeklein.com/blog/2015/01/how-to-enable-bitlocker-hardware-encryption-with-ssd/ which in order to fork requires four things:
    • Microsoft Windows 10 Professional operating system installed in UEFI mode (and from few recent Windows updates, group policy tweak for it to work)
    • brand new SSD with hardware encryption features (Class 0 (AES 256), TCG/Opal v2.0, MS eDrive (IEEE1667)) (such as Samsung EVO970 NVME or Samsung EVO860 SATA) (it does not have to be brand new but requires specific type of "reset" that wipes all data in order to make it ready for encryption again)
    • laptop with UEFI based bios 2.3.1 with EFI_STORAGE_SECURITY_COMMAND_PROTOCOL defined
    • TPM module
    1st and 2nd thing is no-brainer. For the 4th thing i was able to verify that Lenovo Legion Y540 latpops use firmware TPM 2.0 (for Windows it doesen't matter if its hardware or software module). The dead end is trying to verify if the computer/laptop bios supports eDrive features - nobody knows that, from laptop resellers to distributors and sometimes even the official manufacturer technical support.

    So, here is a question to you all, have anyone ever managed to turn on eDrive hardware encryption with BitLocker on a Lenovo Legion Y540?

    Please keep in mind I'm not asking about the default BitLocker "software" encryption but about the "hardware" encryption. The main difference is that when setting it up, if you ever encountered in BitLocker a progress bar showing you how much of drive was encrypted, it means its software - hardware encryption happens "instantaneously".

    From my own experience I know that other Lenovo laptops (such as ThinkPad T450 and T480) support such feature (BitLocker Hardware Encryption with eDrive) when equipped with supported SSD/NVME drive and I wanted to know If its the same for the Lenovo Legion Y540 series laptops.

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