How to Format an SSD Drive

In the event that you want to sell or dispose of your SSD drive, or if you want to instal a new operating system on your drive, formatting is a good idea. A computer running Windows or Mac OS X can be used to format an SSD drive.

Method 1 Formatting an SSD Drive in Windows

1. Check to see that the solid-state drive (SSD) that you want to format is either installed in your computer or connected to your computer via a USB cable.

2. Go to “Start” and click on “Control Panel.”

3. Click on “System and Maintenance,” then click on “Administrative tools.”

4. Open the “Computer Management” application.

5. In the left pane of the Computer Management window, select “Disk Management” from the drop-down menu.

6. In the list of drives displayed on the screen, select the name of your SSD drive by clicking on it.

7. Right-click on the SSD drive, then select “Format.”

8. Choose your preferred values from the drop-down menus for the “File system” and “Allocation unit size” options.

9. Mark the box next to “Perform a quick format,” then click on “OK” to confirm your selection. Your SSD drive will be formatted by your computer.

Method 2 Formatting an SSD Drive on Mac OS X

1. Check to see that the solid-state drive (SSD) that you want to format is either installed in your computer or connected to your computer via a USB cable.

2. Open Finder and check to see if the SSD drive appears in the list of available devices.

3. Click on “Applications,” then click on “Utilities.”

4. Launch the “Disk Utility” application.

5. Click on the name of your SSD drive in the left pane of Disk Utility.

6. Make a note of the value next to “Partition Map Scheme,” which is located at the bottom of the window, after selecting the “Erase” tab from the toolbar.

7. Check that the value next to Partition Map Scheme is either “Master Boot Record” or “Apple Partition Map,” and then click on the “Partition” tab to open the partitioning interface.

Select “Mac OS X Extended (Journaled)” from the Format drop-down menu, click on “Erase,” and then proceed to step #13. If the value next to Partition Map Scheme is “GUID Partition Table,” select “Mac OS X Extended (Journaled)” from the Format drop-down menu, click on “Erase,” and then proceed to step #13.

8. Make your selection from the “Partition Layout” drop-down menu, which contains the number of partitions you want.

9. Under “Partition Information,” enter a name for the partition or SSD drive, and then select “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)” from the Format drop-down menu.

10. In the middle window, select the SSD drive by clicking on its name, followed by the word “Options.”

11. Select “GUID Partition Table,” then click on “OK.”

12. Click on “Apply,” then on “Partition” to confirm that you want to format your SSD drive before proceeding.

13. Allow Disk Utility to finish formatting your SSD drive. When the process is complete, the name of the drive will appear in the Finder.

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