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Ryushin
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P70 Supervisor Password For Storage Devices

My last Thinkpad W500 had an option in the BIOS for the Hard Drive password.  I see no option in the P70 UEFI Firmware.  Does the Supervisor password automatically  send a password to the storage devices?  If so, does it work through the Intel RST RAID1 as well?

 

I'm running four storage devices in my P70.  Two Samsung 850 EVO M.2 using the Intel RST RAID1 for UEFI, Windows, and /boot for Linux, and two 960GB SanDisk SSD's for my Linux rpool ZFS mirror.

 

It would just be nice to know for certain that the passwords are enabled on the drives now as well.

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Re: P70 Supervisor Password For Storage Devices

Supervisor password is not related to HDD password.

 

From my quick check here, as long as "RAID Mode Option" is set as "Enabled" and "M.2 SSD" (regardless of whether drives are configured in an array or not), the HDD password option goes away.  

 

I need to ask a BIOS guy about this.

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Re: P70 Supervisor Password For Storage Devices

Please ask the BIOS guy if the other two 2.5" drives will have the supervisor password passed down to them.

 

Layout:

Two 2 M.2 Samsung 850 EVO 250GB using Intel RST in RAID1.

Two SanDisk Ultra II 960GB drive in attached as SATA and not RAID.

 

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Re: P70 Supervisor Password For Storage Devices

Again, supervisor password is not at all related to HDD password.

 

What I found out is that there are some bugs in the RAID controller which prevent using HDD password, this is why the HDD password options are missing whenever RAID is enabled by BIOS Setup (even for the drives which are not part of RAID array).  These bugs are currently being worked out and a future BIOS version will allow for setting HDD password even when RAID is enabled.

Ryushin
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Re: P70 Supervisor Password For Storage Devices

Great news.  Looking forward to it.

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Re: P70 Supervisor Password For Storage Devices

I am not the BIOS guy, but I'm sure the supervisor password isn't sent to the hard drives.  If it were, a user that wasn't the supervisor, couldn't use the drive.


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Re: P70 Supervisor Password For Storage Devices

Lenovo released a BIOS update for P70 ThinkPad systems that enables HDD passwords on some RAID models. 

 

 <2.05>
UEFI: 2.05 / ECP: 1.15
- (New) Added Hard Disk password on RAID mode(Except NVMe SSD)

BIOS v2.05 and more recent versions can be downloaded here: http://support.lenovo.com/us/en/products/Laptops-and-netbooks/ThinkPad-P-Series-laptops/ThinkPad-P70...

 

Thank you,

 

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