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How to Initialize, Partition and Format a Brand New Solid State Drive (SSD)

How to Initialize, Partition and Format a Brand New Solid State Drive (SSD)
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Synopsis: An easy to follow guide on how to initialize, partition and format a brand new SSD

This easy to follow guide will get you up and running with your new SSD in no time. See the link below to download the tutorial.

Any new drive you purchase unless clearly stated should come completely clean, meaning not formatted, not partitioned, and not even initialized. For instance, lets say you purchase a brand new BP4 mSATA 120GB SSD and a BP4 mSATA enclosure because you wanted a fast, reliable, low cost USB/SSD solution. You carefully assemble it, and when you plug it in, it makes the successful USB noise and even shows that a device is being installed, but it's not in 'My Computer' as a drive, and you cannot transfer information to or from it. This is a common issue, and hopefully this tutorial will explain what needs to be done.

*This tutorial is specific to Windows operating systems, it is similar with Mac and Linux, but for exact instructions, please email technical support at tech@mydigitaldiscount.com.


Tutorial_MyDigitalDiscount_Initalize_New_SSD.pdf (PDF 690KB)

Comments on How to Initialize, Partition and Format a Brand New Solid State Drive (SSD)

MyDigitalDiscount.com Thursday, January 14, 2016 11:20:38 AM
David R Smith,

You can use the MyDigitalSSD Super Cache as boot drive. For caching you will need additional software like HybriDisk. A HybriDisk access key is provided with the purchase of a MyDigitalSSD Super Cache SSD, though any caching software should work with the SSD. Caching is preferred by users who want extra speed for apps while using a HDD for main storage.

If you already had an mSATA SSD and it worked in that slot then "yes" it is your FASTDISK SSD. If the slot was used for something else like a WWAN card then it is possible that the mSATA slot is hard wired for a WWAN card and nothing else.
David R Smith Thursday, January 14, 2016 05:40:12 AM
I bought a FASTDISK M2244 MSATA(3Gbps) SATA2 32GB SSD Internal Solid State DISK Hard Drive, and tried to fit it into an Asus 904AH as the boot drive. Neither XP, nor Windows 7 were able to set of a boot partition on this SSD. I notice here in the RHS column, I am presented with a bunch of similar drives, some called 'cache', and some called 'boot'. Are these msata devices HARD WIRED as 'cache' or 'boot'?
Or can they be set up as either.
I have tried the setup procedure on the windows setup disc, but it goes through the motions, without complaining, but the result is always that the boot partition has not been set up.
Am I missing something, or is the ssd 'buggered'?
Dane Friday, December 25, 2015 07:42:46 PM
Thank you!!
MyDigitalDiscount.com Monday, December 7, 2015 10:21:19 AM
David Furniss,

Unfortunately, your HP 14 Chromebook uses eMMC flash storage. eMMC flash is embedded onto the motherboard and is not replaceable.
David Furniss Monday, December 7, 2015 02:19:49 AM
Any info available for installing in an HP 14 Chromebook? Original SSD failed.
MyDigitalDiscount.com Monday, November 9, 2015 09:17:56 AM

For drive cloning the provided Samsung software and documentation should be adequate for the job. However, if you are still facing problems it would be advised to contact Samsung directly for additional support.
Mike's confused Saturday, November 7, 2015 03:23:07 PM
I installed a Samsung 250 GB SSD and have assigned a drive letter and formatted it so that Windows recognises it.

I am able to copy files to it but really want to clone the old disk to it and use as the bootup drive. I have tried using Acronis True Image software but that doesn’t work. I have also tried using the Samsung software from the CD provided and that doesn’t seem to work.

I have now run out of ideas.
MyDigitalDiscount.com Friday, August 7, 2015 09:08:07 AM
Takis Arsenis,

Thank you for your feedback, we're glad it helped you. We would be very happy to have you as a customer as well, consider joining us on Facebook or Twitter to find out first about our new MyDigitalSSD products. MyDigitalSSD products are always very competitively priced.

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Takis Arsenis Thursday, August 6, 2015 12:03:35 PM
Excelent tutorial guide..,helped me set up my SSD like a pro..,even though i'm not a customer yet..,this will change very very soon.
Thanx again..!
MyDigitalDiscount.com Friday, February 13, 2015 09:12:38 AM
Mike McGarghan - Thank you for your feedback! It's nice to hear that the tutorial and the communication you had with sales was of help to you.

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