How to Format an SSD

While many people are accustomed to using hard disk drives, the advantages of solid state drives make them an attractive option. Solid state drives have no moving parts, so there is less chance of damage or failure from impact. It also takes less time to find files, and it doesn't require a power source to hold data, which reduces energy consumption and extends the life of your laptop's battery. Another advantage is that it runs very quietly. Now all you have to do is partition and format the SSD to your preferred specifications.
This article will focus on instructions for the Windows operating system.

Instructions for use
1.Make sure you have backed up all the files on your SSD. Formatting will wipe the drive clean.

2. Press the start button. Look for the Control Panel and click on it. Once the Control Planel opens, click on Administrative Tools.

3. Double-click Computer Management, then click Disk Management. Doing so displays a list of disk drives.

4. Inside the section for unallocated disk space, click the right button on your mouse and select New Partition. Click next when the New Partition Wizard appears. After selecting Primary Partition and pressing next, leave the Partition size at the default setting and click next again. Assign the drive letter and click next once more.

5. Look for the option that says "Format this partition with the following settings." Choose either FAT32 or NTFS at the field named File systems. NTFS is recommended for hard drives larger than 32GB.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the above steps are not consistent with your operating system, consult your user guide on how to format your SSD.
  • You can also consult Windows Help and Support for troubleshooting help.


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