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Old 10-09-2019, 02:24 PM
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The MP510 doesn't support hardware encryption. AES 256-bit Encryption refers to software encryption, specifically Windows Bitlocker.
Thank you for providing the answer that everyone knows to be true.

You need to contact the marketing department and have them drop the "Encryption: AES 256-bit Encryption" claim, as shown here:

https://www.corsair.com/us/en/Catego...tab-tech-specs

...because the answer is that the drive isn't encrypting anything, but relying on third party software encryption, the drive does not have "Encryption: AES 256-bit Encryption".

This would be analogous to a car company advertising a car as "self driving". Yet, when you ask how the car drives itself, the car company says, "well, it is self driving if there is a driver in the car driving it. So long as our car has a driver in it driving the car, it is self driving."
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Old 10-09-2019, 02:53 PM
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While it may not support TCG Opal, there is apparently encryption between the controller and NAND.

I personally don't know the full details, but I'm still trying to get more information on it as well.
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Old 12-30-2019, 10:01 AM
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Directly from our DRAM/SSD team (paraphrased a bit):

The MP510 doesn't support hardware encryption. AES 256-bit Encryption refers to software encryption, specifically Windows Bitlocker.
This is misinformation as it has nothing to with BitLocker.

NVMe drives that claim AES encryption without OPAL usually refer to ATA Security command support. There is a utility called NVMe ATA Security which lets you configure the ATA password on NVMe drives. If your BIOS doesn’t support NVMe ATA passwords you cannot boot directly from the drive and must unlock it from another boot disk, or use it as a data drive after unlocking it in the OS.

From the factory, the data is always encrypted using a key derived from a blank password, so the encryption is always “on”. Setting the ATA password re-encrypts the key based on the new password.

This is true of all manufacturers with similar AES-only drives and is just ignorance on the part of the marketing department. There are also AES & OPAL (but not IEEE 1667) drives which don’t work with BitLocker hardware encryption and fallback to software encryption. These drives can be unlocked on UEFI systems using SED Util or commercial OPAL software. If the drive supports IEEE 1667 as well it can be used with BitLocker hardware encryption and is usually marketed as eDrive compliant.

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Old 04-08-2020, 02:14 PM
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I recently wen through this same process with a Corsair MP600 SSD I purchased because it said it had hardware AES encryption support. It does not, the encryption is "between the controller and the NAND", what use is that? In case someone tries to desolder the NAND and use it with another controller?

This marketing is dishonest. During the Covid-19 outbreak with many people working from home and being required to use encryption --this is not secure, there is no password, no anything. This drive will mount anywhere and no files will appear encrypted to the OS.
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