Frequently Asked Questions

What does Opal Lock do and why do I need it?

Opal Lock utilizes Opal SED technology to set up and manage built-in hardware-based encryption on compatible drives. Protecting your data is more important than ever before, and Opal Lock provides protection that cannot be cracked even in cases of physically losing your drive.

What is a self-encrypting drive (SED)? What is an Opal SED?

Self-encrypting drives are a type of drive that have built-in hardware-based encryption. Opal SEDs conform to the Opal SSC specification made by TCG. Many drive manufacturers produce drives that are Opal SEDs.

How do I know if my drive is compatible with Opal Lock?

Drives that are compatible with Opal Lock have a unique Physical Security ID (PSID). The drive’s PSID is printed on the label of the drive.

Can I use Opal Lock with external/portable drives?

Opal Lock is able to detect, set up, and manage all Opal drives that are mounted on the system, internally or externally.

What are the system requirements for Opal Lock?

Opal Lock is available for Windows 10/8.1, Windows Server 2016/2019. Opal Lock is compatible with SATA, NVMe, USB and other third party drivers like the SAS host adapter, including both hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid state drives (SSDs). An unused USB drive is also required for setup.

With Opal Lock, how secure is my data if I were to lose my computer?

Your data cannot be accessed without your password. An adversary would be unable to decrypt the data and would only be able to execute a cryptographic erase, which would erase all data on the drive without exposing it.

Does Opal Lock encrypt my data? What type of encryption does it use?

Opal Lock enables the drive’s built-in encryption. When the drive is locked, all data on the drive is encrypted using hardware-based encryption.

Is Opal Lock available for Mac? How about iPhones or Android devices?

Unfortunately, Opal Lock is currently not available for Mac or mobile devices.