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How to initialize your SSD (Windows)

Posted By Moderator Moderator Posts: 1220 Registered 04-23-2009

Before you can use your new SSD you have to initialize and partition it.

 

  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, 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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by ARNIER on ‎05-06-2015 09:41 PM

Hello,

 

I need some assistance please. A few months ago, I purchased a Crucial CT256MX1 SSD to use as a secondary storage drive (for now). I attempted to initialize and format it for use, however, keep getting error messages and BSOD's. So, I left it alone until now.

Tonite, I attempted the procedure all over again, several times, and received 4 subsequent BSOD pages. I faithfully followed the below included instructions word for word.

 

  1. In Windows 7 and earlier, open 'Disk Management' by right clicking on 'Computer' and selecting 'Manage', then 'Disk Management'. In Windows 8, move the mouse to the lower left corner of your desktop and right-click on the Start Icon, then select Disk Management.
  2. When Disk Management opens, a pop-up should appear and prompt you to initialize the SSD.
  3. Select MBR (Master Boot Record) and click OK
  4. Right click in the area that says Unallocated and select New Simple Volume...
  5. The New Simple Volume Wizard will open, click Next
  6. Leave the Specify Volume Size as the maximum (default value) and click Next
  7. Select a Drive Letter and click Next
  8. 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."

 

Except, it is not.The little round Windows circle starts going round and round as if it is processing the request, then I get hit with an error message stating "the Disk Management Console is not up to date". I have tried to find out what that means and how to fix it, but have been unsuccessful so far.

 

This is the second SSD I have tried since the first one gave the same error messages, so I thought it was defective and returned it, but this one is also not co-operating.

 

Any assistance /suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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