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ZBook Studio G3. DriveLock available with SSD?

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Hello! DriveLock works on my ZBook Studio G3 with SSD or no? I can't activate it in BIOS, because drive list is empty. Steps: BIOS, Security, Hard Drive Utilities, DriveLock. There is only "Select a Drive" caption on the screen and no drives at all.

 

DriveLock is specified in specification:

www8.hp.com/us/en/workstations/zbook-studio.html

 

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Very good question. The Drivelock technology was developed for ATA (SATA) controllers and is part of that specification. the latest NVME SSD controllers do not support that particular standard, so the BIOS does not see a drive capable of understanding the Drivelock command. If your Studio does not have an NVME (HP ZTurbo Drive 2.0) SSD, then we should look at that further

 

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Thanks for the answer! Yes, I have HP ZTurbo Drive inside notebook. So I can't use DriveLook, unfortunately. But now I have another question (not associated with HP). Is it ok to use TrueCrypt (VeraCrypt) or BitLocker with SSD to encrypt it? Or it's a bad idea? I read something about problems with TRIM function, free space, reallocation etc. I need DriveLook replacement.

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You are certainly fine using Microsoft Bitlocker on your ZTurbo Drive G2 (nvme) SSDs. All encryption is done in s/w so there is no impact to the SSD. The typical issues with SSDs are related to longevity and flash write cycles. The drives HP uses on the commercial products are qualified for endurance. The issues tend to arise as your storage capacity gets filled up and the ability of the controller to spread the data around as needed gets hampered. These drives have additional flash available for these cases (not seen by the OS) so the recommendation is to try and prevent the drives to fill up. Also, i would disable Hibernate and Windows fast start (in wnidows 10) -- the SSD is fast enough to restart so those features are not very useful

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