I am able to activate BitLocker using the SSD hardware encryption on a clean drive and fresh Windows 10 installation.
But I also want a disk image backup/restore solution in case of a system crash to prevent spending time by the clean install again. I am able to backup (BitLocker suspended) and restore the disk image by Macrium Reflect. It works after the restore, but the BitLocker reports that hardware encryption is not available (software only), so it can not be re-enabled. The message in Event Log is:
Log Name: Microsoft-Windows-BitLocker/BitLocker Management Source: Microsoft-Windows-BitLocker-API Event ID: 798 Task Category: None Level: Warning Description: BitLocker failed to initialize hardware encryption for volume C:. Drive is not provisioned for use with BitLocker hardware encryption: Hardware-based encryption is not activated on this drive.
But the Samsung Magician software reports the encryption is available. I found a discussion about it that had no solution.
Am I doing it wrong or is impossible by design to use the BitLocker with SSD hardware encryption other than on a clean system install? Note that the same issue happens if you turn off the BitLocker (in a fresh Windows 10 install) and then try to turn it on again. The software encryption becomes available only. The hardware encryption seems to be a one-time only option.
I've reinstalled windows three times now, but no luck. The external M.2 enclosure I bought doesn't work, so I don't have an additional drive or additional laptop available. Is there a good tutorial on how to enable hardware bitlocker on a fresh install?