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Support for Non-Volatile Memory Express drives
Technical Articles ID:   KB89121
Last Modified:  4/21/2017


McAfee Drive Encryption 7.x

Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) drives (PCIe and M.2 form factors)

For details of Drive Encryption supported environments, see KB79422.


This support statement is provided by the Product Management Team.

This statement clarifies the requirements for supporting Drive Encryption with systems fitted with Solid-State Drives (SSDs) that access non-volatile storage media attached via a PCI Express (PCIe) or M.2 form factor.

Legacy BIOS/Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI)
With Drive Encryption (software encryption), there is no issue with Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) drives as long as the BIOS supports it.

Opal drives only
  • NVMe will only be supported on UEFI systems, as long as the UEFI firmware supports NVMe and Opal TrustedSend/Receive protocols.
  • NVMe Opal support with Legacy BIOS is currently unsupported and there are no plans currently to add support, because UEFI is the focus.

    NOTE: To determine which Opal drives are supported with Drive Encryption, see KB81136.

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