MyDigitalDiscount.com : Tutorials : How to Initialize, Partition and Format a Brand New Solid State Drive (SSD)
Share

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)
Category: Tutorials
Posted: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 11:04:00
Views: 30528
Comments: 18 [Read/Post]
Synopsis: An easy to follow guide on how to initialize, partition and format a brand new SSD

Related Items

MyDigitalSSD 960GB (1TB) BP4 V2 50mm SATA III (6G) mSATA SSD Solid State Drive - MDMS-BP4-960
MyDigitalSSD 960GB (1TB) BP4 V2 50mm SATA III (6G) mSATA SSD Solid State Drive - MDMS-BP4-960

MyDigitalSSD 480GB (512GB) BP4 V2 50mm SATA III (6G) mSATA SSD Solid State Drive - MDMS-BP4-480
MyDigitalSSD 480GB (512GB) BP4 V2 50mm SATA III (6G) mSATA SSD Solid State Drive - MDMS-BP4-480

MyDigitalSSD 64GB Super Cache 2 50mm mSATA SATA III (6G) SSD with FNet HybriDisk Software - MDMS-SC2-064-S
MyDigitalSSD 64GB Super Cache 2 50mm mSATA SATA III (6G) SSD with FNet HybriDisk Software - MDMS-SC2-064-S

MyDigitalSSD 32GB Super Cache 2 50mm mSATA SATA III (6G) SSD with FNet HybriDisk Software - MDMS-SC2-032-S
MyDigitalSSD 32GB Super Cache 2 50mm mSATA SATA III (6G) SSD with FNet HybriDisk Software - MDMS-SC2-032-S

MyDigitalSSD 128GB Super Cache 2 50mm mSATA SATA III (6G) SSD with FNet HybriDisk Software - MDMS-SC2-128-S
MyDigitalSSD 128GB Super Cache 2 50mm mSATA SATA III (6G) SSD with FNet HybriDisk Software - MDMS-SC2-128-S

MyDigitalSSD 120GB (128GB) BP4 V2 50mm SATA III 6G mSATA SSD Solid State Drive - MDMS-BP4-120
MyDigitalSSD 120GB (128GB) BP4 V2 50mm SATA III 6G mSATA SSD Solid State Drive - MDMS-BP4-120

MyDigitalSSD 120GB (128GB) Bullet Proof 4 Eco (BP4e V2) 50mm SATA III (6G) mSATA SSD Solid State Drive - MDMS-BP4e-128
MyDigitalSSD 120GB (128GB) Bullet Proof 4 Eco (BP4e V2) 50mm SATA III (6G) mSATA SSD Solid State Drive - MDMS-BP4e-128

MyDigitalSSD 240GB (256GB) BP4 V2 50mm SATA III 6G mSATA SSD Solid State Drive - MDMS-BP4-240
MyDigitalSSD 240GB (256GB) BP4 V2 50mm SATA III 6G mSATA SSD Solid State Drive - MDMS-BP4-240

MyDigitalSSD 240GB (256GB) Bullet Proof 4 Eco (BP4e V2) 50mm SATA III (6G) mSATA SSD Solid State Drive - MDMS-BP4e-256
MyDigitalSSD 240GB (256GB) Bullet Proof 4 Eco (BP4e V2) 50mm SATA III (6G) mSATA SSD Solid State Drive - MDMS-BP4e-256

MyDigitalSSD 480GB (512GB) Bullet Proof 4 Eco (BP4e V2) 50mm SATA III (6G) mSATA SSD Solid State Drive - MDMS-BP4e-512
MyDigitalSSD 480GB (512GB) Bullet Proof 4 Eco (BP4e V2) 50mm SATA III (6G) mSATA SSD Solid State Drive - MDMS-BP4e-512

MyDigitalSSD 32GB Super Cache 2 25mm SATA III (6G) mSATA Mini (Half-Size) SSD with FNet HybriDisk Software - MDMSM-SC2-032
MyDigitalSSD 32GB Super Cache 2 25mm SATA III (6G) mSATA Mini (Half-Size) SSD with FNet HybriDisk Software - MDMSM-SC2-032

MyDigitalSSD 64GB Super Cache 2 25mm SATA III (6G) mSATA Mini (Half-Size) SSD with FNet HybriDisk Software - MDMSM-SC2-064
MyDigitalSSD 64GB Super Cache 2 25mm SATA III (6G) mSATA Mini (Half-Size) SSD with FNet HybriDisk Software - MDMSM-SC2-064

MyDigitalSSD 128GB Super Cache 2 25mm SATA III (6G) mSATA Mini (Half-Size) SSD with FNet HybriDisk Software - MDMSM-SC2-128
MyDigitalSSD 128GB Super Cache 2 25mm SATA III (6G) mSATA Mini (Half-Size) SSD with FNet HybriDisk Software - MDMSM-SC2-128

MyDigitalSSD 8GB Super Boot Drive 50mm SATA III (6G) mSATA SSD - MDMS-SB-008
MyDigitalSSD 8GB Super Boot Drive 50mm SATA III (6G) mSATA SSD - MDMS-SB-008

MyDigitalSSD 16GB Super Boot Drive 50mm SATA III (6G) mSATA SSD - MDMS-SB-016
MyDigitalSSD 16GB Super Boot Drive 50mm SATA III (6G) mSATA SSD - MDMS-SB-016

MyDigitalSSD 32GB Super Boot Drive 50mm SATA III (6G) mSATA SSD - MDMS-SB-032
MyDigitalSSD 32GB Super Boot Drive 50mm SATA III (6G) mSATA SSD - MDMS-SB-032

MyDigitalSSD 64GB Super Boot Drive 50mm SATA III (6G) mSATA SSD - MDMS-SB-064
MyDigitalSSD 64GB Super Boot Drive 50mm SATA III (6G) mSATA SSD - MDMS-SB-064

MyDigitalSSD 128GB Super Boot Drive 50mm SATA III (6G) mSATA SSD - MDMS-SB-128
MyDigitalSSD 128GB Super Boot Drive 50mm SATA III (6G) mSATA SSD - MDMS-SB-128

MyDigitalSSD 8GB Super Boot Drive 42mm SATA III (6G) M.2 2242 NGFF SSD - MDM242-SB-008
MyDigitalSSD 8GB Super Boot Drive 42mm SATA III (6G) M.2 2242 NGFF SSD - MDM242-SB-008

MyDigitalSSD 16GB Super Boot Drive 42mm SATA III (6G) M.2 2242 NGFF SSD - MDM242-SB-016
MyDigitalSSD 16GB Super Boot Drive 42mm SATA III (6G) M.2 2242 NGFF SSD - MDM242-SB-016

MyDigitalSSD 32GB Super Boot Drive 42mm SATA III (6G) M.2 2242 NGFF SSD - MDM242-SB-032
MyDigitalSSD 32GB Super Boot Drive 42mm SATA III (6G) M.2 2242 NGFF SSD - MDM242-SB-032

MyDigitalSSD 128GB Super Boot Drive 42mm SATA III (6G) M.2 2242 NGFF SSD - MDM242-SB-128
MyDigitalSSD 128GB Super Boot Drive 42mm SATA III (6G) M.2 2242 NGFF SSD - MDM242-SB-128

MyDigitalSSD 64GB Super Boot Eco (SBe) 42mm SATA III (6G) M.2 NGFF 2242 SSD Solid State Drive - MDM242-SBe-064
MyDigitalSSD 64GB Super Boot Eco (SBe) 42mm SATA III (6G) M.2 NGFF 2242 SSD Solid State Drive - MDM242-SBe-064

MyDigitalSSD 128GB Super Boot Eco (SBe) 42mm SATA III (6G) M.2 NGFF 2242 SSD Solid State Drive - MDM242-SBe-128
MyDigitalSSD 128GB Super Boot Eco (SBe) 42mm SATA III (6G) M.2 NGFF 2242 SSD Solid State Drive - MDM242-SBe-128

MyDigitalSSD 64GB Super Cache 2 42mm SATA III (6G) M.2 2242 NGFF SSD with FNet HybriDisk Cache Software - MDM242-SC2-064
MyDigitalSSD 64GB Super Cache 2 42mm SATA III (6G) M.2 2242 NGFF SSD with FNet HybriDisk Cache Software - MDM242-SC2-064

MyDigitalSSD 128GB Super Cache 2 42mm SATA III (6G) M.2 2242 NGFF SSD with FNet HybriDisk Cache Software - MDM242-SC2-128
MyDigitalSSD 128GB Super Cache 2 42mm SATA III (6G) M.2 2242 NGFF SSD with FNet HybriDisk Cache Software - MDM242-SC2-128

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.

Download

Tutorial_MyDigitalDiscount_Initalize_New_SSD.pdf (PDF 690KB)


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



Peter Friday, March 17, 2017 07:18:49
Thankyou for your excellent and easy to follow tutorial
MyDigitalDiscount.com Monday, February 20, 2017 10:10:38
Chan,

Glad that it could help. Join us on Facebook to get notified of more blogs like these:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MyDigitalDiscount
Chan Friday, February 17, 2017 11:50:05
Thank you very much for clearing my problem with your step by step guide.
MyDigitalDiscount.com Friday, February 10, 2017 09:52:43
Theo Abramovich,

Sorry to hear that your are still facing issues with your MyDigitalSSD SSD.

Please email your issue to our tech department.

Include the issue, model MyDigitalSSD, capacity, firmware (if known) as well as laptop model, OS, and motherboard (if known).

Email: tech@mydigitaldiscount.com

Thank you
Theo Abramovich Thursday, February 9, 2017 20:32:51
I have a Dell Latitude XT3 and have installed your MyDigitalSSD128GB card into the empty slot marked SSD, right next to the Wireless LAN card.

I have attempted to partition and format it. It does not show up under Windows 7 disk Management. Is also does not show up in my BIOS.

I have updated the BIOS to the latest version available from the Dell website. Still not showing up.

What can I do?
MyDigitalDiscount.com Friday, March 18, 2016 15:52:24
Michael Cowan,

If by following the guide from the article you are still unable to partition the Super Boot Drive for use, please contact tech support.

When contacting tech please provide as much information as possible including the issue, motherboard, as well as the Super Boot Drive model number.

Tech email:
tech@mydigitaldiscount.com
Michael Cowan Thursday, March 17, 2016 22:37:07
I want to install Windows 8.1 on my m.2 8g super boot drive, but it keeps saying the partition is not large enough... Please help me! I have a msi Z97S Krait motherboard and bios.
MyDigitalDiscount.com Thursday, January 14, 2016 11:20:38
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
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 19:42:46
Thank you!!
MyDigitalDiscount.com Monday, December 7, 2015 10:21:19
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
Any info available for installing in an HP 14 Chromebook? Original SSD failed.
MyDigitalDiscount.com Monday, November 9, 2015 09:17:56
Mike,

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 15:23:07
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 doesnít work. I have also tried using the Samsung software from the CD provided and that doesnít seem to work.

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

MyDigitalDiscount on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/kqr2oab
MyDigitalDiscount on Twitter: http://tinyurl.com/nl8j3rc
Takis Arsenis Thursday, August 6, 2015 12:03:35
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
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.
Mike McGarghan Friday, February 13, 2015 01:51:29
This was very easy and comprehensive to follow. I was able to go and set up one of my two M.2 NGFF drives right off tonight based on these when my searches from within Windows 7 and HP Tools didn't help any more than searching the web easily. I am once more glad for this support option as well as the emails back and forth pre-sales between your sales representative to make sure that I was going to be able to use and purchase the correct devices for my (2) PC computers when HP and CDW the reseller didn't want to bother. My only gripe on this installation guide, is that it is geared for someone who wanted to install your device as a USB or removable drive it appeared to me, and I was looking for a few more choices for permanent drive installations but that is just a minor quibble. Otherwise for what it was offered as and how it got the job done I can't complain at all ;-)
I am defiantly saving this in my cheats folder on my network.
MM.


Share comments

Your Name: *
Comments: *
Please Note: HTML Markup will be automatically removed.
*
Type the characters you see in the picture:

 
Express Delivery Notice
All orders necessitating same day shipping must be placed before 3:00 PM EST.
In extreme circumstances an order placed after 3:00 PM EST can be shipped the same day but must be confirmed by phone and may incur a processing fee.
All other orders will be shipped within 0-2 business days of the order date pending product availability.

Navigation

Home Page
Site Map
About Us
Shipping Information
Link to Us
Terms & Conditions

Shopping

Store Promotions
Shop by Brand
Shop by Product
New Arrivals
Sale Items

Cart & Account

View Cart
Wish List
Login or Register
Edit Your Profile
Order History
Quantity Pricing
Request a Quote
Forgot Password

Help & Support

Customer Service
RMA Request

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Technical Support
Manufacturer Links

Store Policies

Returns Policy
Order Cancellation Policy
Price Match Policy
Price Protection Policy
Loaner Policy
Privacy Policy
RunCore Challenge

Stay Connected

All MyDigitalDiscount.com RSS Feeds All RSS Feeds
MyDigitalDiscount.com Blog RSS Feed MY Blog
My Digital Discount Tutorials RSS Feed MY Tutorials
My Digital Discount News RSS Feed MY Digital News
MyDigitalDiscount.com SSD and Computing News RSS Feed MY Computing News
My Digital Discount Photography News RSS Feed MY Photography News
My Digital Discount Deals and Promotions RSS Feed Deals & Promotions

Community

Twitter
Facebook
YouTube

Secure Shopping

COMODO 128 Bit Sercured Encryption  Spacer

We Accept

We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Amercian Express, Paypal and Google Checkout

We Ship with

We offer UPS and USPS Shipping

Shop with us on

Visit our Amazon Storefront

MyDigitalDiscount.com My Digital Discount is not responsible for typographical or photographical errors. All errors are subject to correction.
Prices, offers, and product specifications are subject to change without notice.
All trademarks are the sole property of their respective companies.
Copyright © 2001-2016 MyDigitalDiscount.com. All rights reserved.