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Supported and Unsupported Disk Types for Drive Encryption with Symantec Endpoint Encryption


Article ID: 161848


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Endpoint Encryption


This article details the Supported and Unsupported Disk Types including OPAL drives for SEE 11.0.1 version of Symantec Endpoint Encryption Client.


Supported disk types:

  • Desktop or laptop disks, including solid-state drives (either partitions or an entire disk)
  • USB flash disks
  • Advanced format drives with 512-byte emulation mode (512e)
  • FAT32, and NTFS formatted disks or partitions
  • GPTboot disks on Microsoft Windows 8.x and Microsoft Windows Server 2012 (UEFI systems only)

The following are the supported Opal v2 compliant eDrives for Drive Encryption:

  • Samsung SSD 840 EVO mSATA
  • Intel SSD Pro 2500

Drive Encryption manages these drives and uses the Opal drive's built-in hardware encryption capability when these drives are used with following laptop models:

  • Lenovo ThinkPad W540
  • Lenovo ThinkPad T540p
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X240

Note: Above mentioned Opal Disks and Machine Models are Default supported models and are hardcoded to take advantage of Hardware Encryption. Other Combinations will default to Software Encryption.

Unsupported Disk Types:

  • Any configuration where the system partition is not on the same disk as the boot partition
  • Native mode advanced format drives
  • Dynamic disks
  • SCSI drives and controllers
  • Software RAID disks
  • exFAT formatted disks
  • Resilient File System (ReFS)
  • Extended partitions.

Applies To

SEE Drive Encryption 11.0.1