Citadel Multi-Drive Full Installation

Create a Bootable USB Thumb Drive

1. Download the PBA software from the link above and save it to a place on your computer.

2. Insert a USB thumb drive into your computer.

3. Format a USB thumb drive to the FAT32 file system.

Caution
Be sure you backup any files on the drive because they will be erased!
Important
Ensure that no other partitions or files exist on the thumb drive! If you have multiple partitions on the thumb drive, you may have to use other tools to delete them such as “Disk Management” which is built into Windows.

4. Open the ZIP file you downloaded and extract the folder inside to your computer’s desktop.

5. Navigate into the folder you extracted and copy the contents to the thumb drive.

Important
Do not copy the folder itself over to the thumb drive. Your system will be unable to boot from it if you do.

6. Copy the license file that you received upon purchasing the Citadel SSD​ to the root of the thumb drive.

You now have a bootable thumb drive. If you require more help, please contact Technical Support. See the Product Support section at the bottom of this page.

Configure UEFI/BIOS Settings

You will need to properly configure your BIOS or UEFI in order to properly boot from the thumb drive. To do so, follow the instruction set below that’s applicable to your situation. Specific instructions have been provided for Dell computers, as well as a generic instruction set for all other computers.

 

For All Computers

Follow these steps to ensure your computer’s BIOS or UEFI settings are configured correctly. To access the BIOS or UEFI, you may have to press Delete, Escape, F2, or F12 when starting your computer up.

Note
If you have an HP EliteBook laptop, first follow the instructions here before continuing.

1. If you have an option for “UEFI Boot Path Security” or something like it, be sure to change it to Never.

2. If you have an option to allow OPAL hard drive SID authentication, be sure to enable it.

3. Ensure that your “SATA Operation” is set to AHCI.

4. If you have a system that supports CPUs with high core counts, such as a server, the UEFI will likely have an option for “X2Apic Mode” in its processor settings section. Set “X2Apic Mode” to Disabled.

5. If you have a discrete video card, ensure your primary display detection is set to Auto.

6. Disable “Secure Boot”.

Note
The Citadel SSD does support Secure Boot, but only once activated. You may reenable Secure Boot after you finish activating the Citadel SSD

For Dell Computers

Follow these steps to ensure your Dell computer’s UEFI settings are configured correctly. To access the UEFI, you may have to press F2 or F12 when starting your computer up.

1. Navigate to “General > UEFI Boot Path Security” and change it to Never.UEFI_Screen1_cropped.png

 

2. If you have an option to allow OPAL hard drive SID authentication, be sure to enable it.

3. Navigate to “System Configuration > SATA Operation” and change it to AHCI. UEFI_Screen2_cropped.png

4. If you have a system that supports CPUs with high core counts, such as a server, the UEFI will likely have an option for X2Apic Mode in its processor settings section. Set “X2Apic Mode” to Disabled.

5. If your Dell computer has an upgraded video card, navigate to “Video > Primary Display” and ensure it is set to Auto. Otherwise, this option will not be available and you can continue onto the next step. UEFI_Screen3_cropped.png

6. Navigate to “Secure Boot > Secure Boot Enable” and uncheck the box next to the “Secure Boot” option to disable it. A dialog box may pop up warning you that disabling Secure Boot will reduce system security. Click Yes to disable it. 

Note
The Citadel SSD does support Secure Boot, but only once activated. You may reenable Secure Boot after you finish activating the Citadel SSD

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Install an Operating System or Virtual Environment

Install any operating system (OS) or virtual machine (VM) at this time.

Important
If you need to turn on a Trusted Platform Module (TPM), Virtualization Support, or Trusted Execution, you can turn them on in the UEFI.

How to Boot into the Thumb Drive

1. Insert the bootable USB drive you created in the steps above into the computer and turn it on.

2. Continually press the key for accessing your motherboard’s boot menu while the computer starts up.

This key to access it differs on different models, but the most common keys are F12, F10, F2, or Esc.

3. The motherboard’s boot menu will appear. Choose the USB thumb drive from the list of boot options.

4. A Linux BASH prompt will load. Press Enter to activate the console.

Install the PBA Software

1. Boot into the thumb drive using the steps above

2. Type sedutil-cli –scan​ and press Enter​ to display the paths for each drive you have installed in the system.

2. Use the following command syntax to install the PBA software on the primary SSD with a chained pre-boot authentication on the secondary SSDs. Please note that the following text is case sensiti

CipherDriveInstaller -d <primary SSD location>,<secondary SSD location A>,<secondary SSD location B>,<etc> -p <password>​

Note
<primary SSD location> refers to the drive path for the primary SSD (ex. /dev/nvme0). <secondary SSD location A> is the drive path for the first secondary SSD, <secondary SSD location B> is the drive path for the next secondary SSD, and so on. <password>​ is the Administrator password. The default Administrator password is ​Administrator​, and it is case-sensitive​.

Example:​ CipherDriveInstaller -d /dev/sda,/dev/sdb -p Administrator

Important
If you are using the default Administrator password, you should change it as soon as possible by logging into the Citadel SSD Settings Console.

    3. The software will activate the pre-boot authorization and will automatically shut down the computer when finished. Remove the USB thumb drive and reboot the system.

    The PBA software has been installed!

    First Time Login

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    Important
    Before attempting to log in, make sure you have first activated your Citadel SSD

    1. If you haven’t already, turn on the computer. The Citadel SSD software will load.

    2. Click the Accept button at the bottom of the Disclaimer screen that appears.

    3. Log into the default Administrator account. Use the following credentials, which are case sensitive:

    • Username: Administrator
    • Password: Administrator

    Note
    Usernames and passwords are case sensitive.

    The computer will appear to reboot and your OS or VM will now start up.

    Note
    You should immediately change the Administrator password to maintain operational security. Please refer to the Citadel SSD User Manual located at digistor.com for information on how to operate and manage your SSD’s pre-boot authentication.

     

    Product Support

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