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Updating the firmware on T480 SSD with 1TB drive must I decrypt and remove HD PW?

2019-06-28, 13:50 PM

 

I have a Thinkpad T480 with the Lenovo installed 1Tb SSD.

 

The drive details read as follows:  SAMSUNG MZVLB1T0HALR-000L               3L2QEXA7

 

From the readme tool, I beleive the Firmware update s/w offered via Lenovo Vantage tool
will update the firmware on this drive to a newer level:  5L2QEXA7

 

The Readme file has some notes that are a little hard to understand, and obviously I don't want to screw this up:

the notes say:

D) Need to Remove HDD Password when could not FW update.

E) Need to decrypt when you do not get successful to update FW on encrypted SSD.

 

I realize the update tool covers many different SSDs.

For my configuration do I need to be concerned about removing the password?
I set the password when I received the machine with the understanding that setting the password ALSO encrypted the drive.

I hope that I understood that correctly....

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Re: Updating the firmware on T480 SSD with 1TB drive must I decrypt and remove HD PW?

2019-06-28, 14:46 PM

The drive has hardware encryption so if there were no password, someone could put the SSD into a housing and read the data with no restrictions.  If it were mine, I would ALWAYS remove a HD password before updating the firmware so that if there were any sort of problem, I could put the drive into a housing or into some other machine to get my data.  I would remove the password, update the firmware, boot into windows and make sure all was well and then put the password on again.  I would do this regardless of what the readme file said.  I would also make sure I had a good backup before I started.  I always keep firmware current, but I would rather be careful before the update.   


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Re: Updating the firmware on T480 SSD with 1TB drive must I decrypt and remove HD PW?

2019-06-28, 15:20 PM

Thanks Rich!

 

That seems prudent.

I'm traveling now, I'll make full B/U when I get home, nix the PW then apply the update!

 

I'll post the results!

 

Jim

 

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Re: Updating the firmware on T480 SSD with 1TB drive must I decrypt and remove HD PW?

2019-07-29, 1:06 AM

Rich:

 

thanks for your help.

I just got off the road for a bit ....

Imaged the drive removed the power-on & drive passwords,

rebooted installed the update and all went OK.

On the first reboot for some reason the mouse-buttons did not work ... I don't know what that was about,

but after another reboot all was well.

 

I appreciate your advice!

Jim

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