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How to Partition and Format an SSD on Windows 10/8/7

SSDs

SSDs

SSD, short for solid state drive is a type of hard disk that uses flash memory instead of rotating magnetic platters (like in traditional HDD’s). SSD’s are slowly but surely replacing the traditional HDD’s. Not only do the SSD’s offer better performance and speed, but they are also more reliable. This is because SSD’s don’t consist of any moving parts, hence the wear and tear on the device are very less over time. Secondly, SSD’s consume considerably less power than that of HDD’s. Despite these advantages, the only reason SSD’s are not preferred is due to their high prices. But with time as the prices reduce, SSD’s will surely rule the market.

Getting started

Before proceeding with partitioning and formatting an SSD, first of all, make sure you don’t have any data on it. If you have any data, make a backup using an external storage device. This is a very important step because formatting/partitioning will erase the drive clean.

Partitioning and formatting an SSD

Once you have made a backup of the data on your SSD, proceed with the following steps for partitioning and formatting it.

  1. Connect the SSD to your computer through a USB cable. If the SSD is built in, you don’t have to worry about this step.
  2. Then click Windows + X keys and select Disk Management from the menu that opens.
  3. If the SSD you are trying to partition is new, then it will not be initialized. In that case, you will receive a pop-up window asking if you want to initialize the drive. Here, choose from the 2 partitioning styles ‘MBR’ or ‘GPT’ and click Ok.

Please note that for a drive greater than 2TB, you must select GPT partitioning style. And if you are using a Windows XP system, choose MBR.

initialize-disk

Initialize Disk

  1. Now that you have accepted to initialize the drive, it is ready to be partitioned and formatted. If you wish you can create more than one partition. To do so, you need to shrink the existing volume first and create an ‘Unallocated space’ and then follow the steps from Step 5 onwards. But in this guide, we are considering only one partition.
  2. Since the drive, we are using in this example is a new drive with no data, the free space will be indicated as ‘Unallocated Space’. Right click on ‘Unallocated Space’ and select New Simple Volume.
Select New Simple Volume

Select New Simple Volume

  1. A New Simple Volume wizard will now open; click Next to proceed with the format process.
  2. In the next screen, you will be asked to choose the ‘size of the volume’ you wish to create.
  3. Next, assign a drive letter for the volume and click Next.
Assign Drive Letter

Assign Drive Letter

  1. In the next screen, select the Quick Format option and click Next.
Select Quick Format

Select Quick Format

  1. Finally, click the Finish button to complete the format process.

Once the process is complete, your drive is partitioned and formatted and ready to use. In the steps explained above, we have the terms ‘partition’ and ‘volume’. Just to clarify what the two terms mean, let us get to their definitions.

Partition is a name for a logical division on the hard disk. These partitions should be formatted and mounted before it can be used. That is data can be read and written into the disk only when the partition is formatted and mounted.

A volume, on the other hand, is a partition that has been formatted using a file system. Once formatted, the OS will recognize the file system and mount it. Once mounted, data can be read and written to the drive.

Remo Recover, a D-I-Y software for data recovery

As we’ve already discussed above, the first thing you need to do before partitioning or formatting an SSD is to backup data. Failing to do so can be disastrous as all data on the drive will be wiped clean. If you have encountered such a situation, there is nothing to worry, thanks to the data recovery tool called Remo Recover.

Remo Recover is specially designed to recover data from formatted or partitioned drives. It can be used to recover data from SSDs as well as HDDs, SATA, IDE, SCSI drives and more. As far as recovered data is concerned, it will be in the same manner as the original.

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