How to Format an SSD

By Lenna Allen

Although many people are used to hard disk drives, the advantages of having an SSD make it an attractive option. Solid-state drives have no moving parts, so the chances of hits causing damage or malfunction are reduced. It also takes less time to look find files, and it doesn't need power to retain data, which translates into less energy expended and longer life spans for laptop batteries. Another plus is that it runs rather quietly. Now all you have to do is partition and format your SSD to your preferred specifications. This article will focus on Windows OS instructions.

Step 1

Make sure you have a backup of all the SSD's files. Formatting will wipe the drive clean.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 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.

Step 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 drives larger than 32GB. Click Finish when the formatting is done.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the steps mentioned above do not coincide with your operating system, consult your user guide for information on how to format SSDs.
  • You can also consult Windows Help and Support for troubleshooting help.