Before you can use your new SSD you have to initialize and partition it. If you are performing a clean installation of your operating system, or cloning to your SSD, it is not necessary to follow these steps. A clean installation of your operating system or cloning to an SSD will initialize and partition the new SSD.
Note: if you simply need to format/reformat a drive, only steps 5-9 below will be needed, assuming your SSD has previously been initialized.
1) Attach the SSD as a secondary drive and load Windows from your existing drive.2) In Windows 10, open Disk Management by right clicking on Windows Icon and select Disk Management.
3) When Disk Management opens, a pop-up will appear and prompt you to initialize the SSD.4) Select GUID partition table(GPT) 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 7) Leave the Specify Volume Size as the maximum (default value) and click 8) Select a Drive Letter and click 9) In the Format Partition screen, decide on a Volume label (the name you want to give the drive) and click
The drive should now be visible in file explorer and is ready to use
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