(This is not an attempt to discuss the necessity/reliability/security of Bitlocker. ) If i buy a new laptop with an M2 slot and no SATA connector, and have no other computer with an M2 slot available, how do i prepare it for hardware encryption? (If the SSD supports it.) In the past I've just hooked up the new SSD to another computer with Windows installed, but I'm curious if this is needed. I'm not talking about enabling Bitlocker, but the required step before that, like I did with my Samsung 850 Evo in Samsung Magician. Can I enable hardware encryption from, say, a USB drive? Like some kind of bootable software, or third party software via Command Prompt before installing Windows (Shift + F10). Not talking about Windows To Go. Also, does the enabling of hardware encryption (still) need brand specific software, or has it become standard somehow? Does all SSD's still need to be enabled for hardware encryption manually, or have they become enabled by default when sold new?