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Old 07-18-2019, 10:18 AM
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Default MP510 2TB AES 256-bit Encryption?

The big question...does the MP510 drive support hardware encryption of any kind? The Corsair MP510 spec sheet states "Encryption: AES 256-bit Encryption":

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

Two questions: (1) What does Corsair mean when they say "Encryption: AES 256-bit Encryption"; and (2) Does the Phison E12 controller support TCG Opal?

On question (1), assuming this is not TCG-OPAL but is some other kind of hardware encryption, does anyone have any idea how to enable this mysterious "AES 256-bit Encryption" feature? There seems to be zero discussion, instructions, or any mention anywhere of anyone enabling hardware encryption on the MP510.

On question (2), scattered across the Internet are claims that the Phison E12 supports hardware encryption via TCG Opal. However, I have not been able to find a single report of anyone actually enabling TCG Opal preboot encryption on a Phison E12 drive (either with NVME Class 0 encryption, as supported by newish Lenovo Thinkpads, or via SEDutil preboot authentication).

There is one comment I found regarding enabling TCG Opal via SEDutil that mentions the MP510 that states "Most drives mention AES-256 somewhere on their spec sheet, but that doesn't mean they are TCG Opal compliant. The Corsair MP510 definitely is not detected as Opal-capable by sedutil.":

https://www.reddit.com/r/linuxhardwa...iendly_m2_ssd/

This comment is very interesting, particularly because Phison, via its spec sheet for the E12 controller makes encryption claims, interestingly stating "Self Encrypting Function (Optional):AES, TCG Opal, TCG Pyrite":

https://www.phison.com/images/produc...PS5012-E12.pdf

What does "Optional" mean in "Self Encrypting Function (Optional):AES, TCG Opal, TCG Pyrite"?

Also, the comment above "The Corsair MP510 definitely is not detected as Opal-capable by sedutil." may have been written regarding an older version of Phison E12 firmware. The original firmware version (12.1) is now updated to 12.3 - perhaps some form of encryption has been enabled in a firmware version after 12.1? In the case of the MP510, even though Corsair has not officially released the 12.3 firmware update, it is available in the dark corners of the Internet.

Does anyone have answers to these questions? I would love to get some kind of hardware encryption enabled on the MP510. it is beyond ridiculous that the MP510 spec sheet says "Encryption: AES 256-bit Encryption" but there is absolutely zero information regarding how to enable hardware encryption.

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Old 07-20-2019, 10:51 AM
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So, is the answer that the so-called and advertised "Encryption: AES 256-bit Encryption" on the MP510 is just made up vaporware?
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Old 07-22-2019, 05:28 PM
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Is there seriously no information whatsoever on how to enable hardware "Encryption: AES 256-bit Encryption"???

Seriously???
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Old 07-29-2019, 04:26 PM
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Vaporware? The answer to the question, "Does the MP510 drive support hardware encryption of any kind, even though the Corsair MP510 spec sheet states "Encryption: AES 256-bit Encryption?" is...

...vaporware???

Seriously, no answer to this question???

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Old 07-30-2019, 08:53 AM
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I wish I could have gotten that far with my MP510...I couldn't get the NVME formatted in my Windows 10 machine. After trying scores of recommendations from this board and others, I'm finally sending it back under the assumption it's defective. As I read this and other posts, I'm beginning to think it's an over-hyped dud.
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Still no answer on how to enable hardware encryption on this drive?
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I’d suggest asking our support team through a ticket at https://help.corsair.com .
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I’d suggest asking our support team through a ticket at https://help.corsair.com .
For serious? LOL!

Hardware encryption is advertised as a feature, yet there is no way to enable the feature, and the appropriate course of action for the consumer is to open a support ticket? WT#?

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Update: I bumped into a subject matter expert who said that encryption is drive internal, i.e. between controller and NAND, and that bitlocker / 3rd party encryption would be up to the user of the drive. OPAL is not available for the MP510.

Take this with a grain of salt as I could be misinterpreting what they said. Contacting the support team would be the appropriate next step for product support.
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Update: I bumped into a subject matter expert who said that encryption is drive internal, i.e. between controller and NAND, and that bitlocker / 3rd party encryption would be up to the user of the drive. OPAL is not available for the MP510.

Take this with a grain of salt as I could be misinterpreting what they said. Contacting the support team would be the appropriate next step for product support.
Thanks for the response. But, that makes no sense and can't be the answer. That makes no sense.
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Any update on whether anyone has been able to enable hardware encryption on the MP510?
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Does anyone know how to activate the vaporware hardware encryption on this drive?
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How can they advertise hardware encryption, yet not have hardware encryption?

Very strange.
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Any news on how to enable the hardware encryption that is advertised to be available on the MP510?
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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.
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