Problem Recently I installed the solid-state Crucial M500 drive for my computer and reinstalled Windows 7. It is SO FAST and I love it! However, I cannot figure out how to get the encryption working. Goal Want to set up full disk encryption using this self-encrypting drive; want to require password on system startup; encryption must be as secure as possible! System Build: Samsung Q430 laptop OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit BIOS: Phoenix Securecore NB Version 04KF.M013.20100623.KSJ SMBIOS Version: 2.6 Processor: Intel Core i5 CPU M450 @ 2.40 GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.4GHz Memory: 8 GB RAM GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 310 M 4 GB memory Hard drive: Crucial M500 480GB SATA 2.5-Inch 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) Internal Solid State Drive CT480M500SSD1 Considerations The SED requires some kind of third-party software to manage keys and properly encrypt the data. I'm not a computer expert, so from what I Googled, it seems that only Wave Encryption, WinMagic-SecureDoc, and Bitlocker for Windows 8 are compatible with Crucial M500, but those first two are expensive enterprise software. Thus my first approach would just be to upgrade to Windows 8 and use the built-in Bitlocker--is that any guarantee that this would work? How can I be sure that my system will be fully compatible and support what I'm trying to do? I just want to get the Crucial M500 encryption to work and protect my data. I read somewhere that the computer has to be UEFI-compatible and/or support Secure Boot in order to manage the SED feature. Is this correct? How do I know if my computer has this? Can anyone suggest instructions or help explain how to set up encryption for my SSD? I've looked everywhere and can't find clear, concise information about configuring the Crucial M500 encryption. I'd greatly appreciate any assistance! Thanks in advance!