How to Enable BitLocker Hardware Encryption with SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD V2


I purchased SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD V2 (SDSSDE61-2T00) which from what I understand has Hardware Encryption, but for some reason I am not able to set it up on Windows 11 Pro. Every time I am trying to enable BitLocker it gets me into software mode.

My laptop has Intel’s 11th generation i7 CPU with TPM 2.0 module enabled and I made sure that all relevant BIOS settings like secure boot etc. properly set, but still no luck. Western Digital Dashboard shows that security is active and latest firmware is installed.

What am I doing wrong? Any advise?


Hi @Hayk,

Have you opened a Support Case? If not opened, for more information, please contact the SD Technical Support team for best assistance and troubleshooting:

Hi @Keerti_01,

No I didn’t, as I wasn’t sure if there is something wrong with my set up or the drive. So, you think that Windows 11 should use on board hardware with my drive?