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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)

cwd2017 Sunday, August 18, 2019 02:12:26 AM
Thanks for the guidance. Several steps did not quite match what I could see on my PC running Windows 8, but I gained enough clues to get me to a successful outcome.
hiyall Friday, December 7, 2018 07:10:23 PM
thank you. clear guide to follow and was easy to get my new M.2 drives ready for use
Happy we could help!
Lars2000 Friday, March 9, 2018 01:16:45 PM
Thank you!
Very well explained.
Peter Friday, March 17, 2017 07:18:49 AM
Thankyou for your excellent and easy to follow tutorial
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Chan Friday, February 17, 2017 11:50:05 AM
Thank you very much for clearing my problem with your step by step guide.
MyDigitalDiscount.com Friday, February 10, 2017 09:52:43 AM
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 08:32:51 PM
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 03:52:24 PM
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:
Michael Cowan Thursday, March 17, 2016 10:37:07 PM
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.

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