Saturday, 13 June 2015

How to initialize your brand new SSD (Windows)

If you decide to buy a new Solid State Drive a.k.a. SSD, before you can use it, you have to initialize and partition it. 

Otherwise it will seem to you that you connect the drive and nothing is happening. You can do the initialization by connecting the SSD through a USB cable (SATA to USB).

  1. Attach the SSD as a secondary drive and load Windows from your existing drive.
  2. In Windows 7 and earlier, open 'Disk Management' by right clicking on 'Computer' and selecting 'Manage', then 'Disk Management'. In Windows 8 and later, move the mouse to the lower left corner of your desktop and right-click on the Start Icon, then select Disk Management.
  3. When Disk Management opens, a pop-up should appear and prompt you to initialize the SSD.
  4. Select MBR (Master Boot Record) and click OK
  5. Right click in the area that says Unallocated and select New Simple Volume...
  6. The New Simple Volume Wizard will open, click Next
  7. Leave the Specify Volume Size as the maximum (default value) and click Next
  8. Select a Drive Letter and click Next
  9. In the Format Partition screen, decide on a Volume label (the name you want to give the drive) and click Next
The drive is now formatted and ready for use.

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