File encryption and hard drive passwords

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http://forums.fedoraforum.org – I've never slected the option to encrypt the file system when I install Fedora. When I run "Drive Fitness Test" on hard drives, I notice the drive info utility informs me of whether the hard drive has a password. (Mine don't.) Are these the related properties? How does a user interface with an encrypted file system or a hard drive with a password? Does he have to enter a password for the drive before his account can mount a file system? (HowTos)