Formatting an SSD drive is useful in the event you want to sell the drive, dispose of the drive, or install a new operating system. You can format an SSD drive using a Windows or Mac computer.

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Formatting an SSD Drive in Windows

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    Verify that the SSD drive you want formatted is either installed in your computer, or attached to your computer via USB cable.
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    Go to “Start” and click on “Control Panel.
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    Click on “System and Maintenance,” then click on “Administrative tools.
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    Open the “Computer Management” application.
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    Click on “Disk Management” in the left pane of the Computer Management window.
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    Click on the name of your SSD drive in the list of drives displayed on-screen.
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    Right-click on the SSD drive, then select “Format.
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    Select your preferred values from the “File system” and “Allocation unit size” drop-down menus.
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    Place a checkmark next to “Perform a quick format,” then click on “OK. Your computer will format your SSD drive.

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Formatting an SSD Drive on Mac OS X

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    Verify that the SSD drive you want formatted is either installed in your computer, or attached to your computer via USB cable.
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    Open Finder to verify that the SSD drive displays in your list of devices.
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    Click on “Applications,” then click on “Utilities.
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    Launch the “Disk Utility” application.
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    Click on the name of your SSD drive in the left pane of Disk Utility.
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    Click on the “Erase” tab, then take note of the value next to “Partition Map Scheme,” which is located at the bottom of the window.
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    Verify that the value next to Partition Map Scheme reads, “Master Boot Record” or “Apple Partition Map,” then click on the “Partition” tab.

    • If the value next to Partition Map Scheme reads, “GUID Partition Table,” select “Mac OS X Extended (Journaled)” from the Format drop-down menu, click on “Erase,” then skip to step #13.
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    Select the number of partitions you want from within the “Partition Layout” drop-down menu.
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    Type a name for the partition, or SSD drive, under “Partition Information,” then select “Mac OS Extended (Journaled) from the Format drop-down menu.
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    Click on the name of the SSD drive in the middle window, then click on “Options.
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    Select “GUID Partition Table,” then click on “OK.
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    Click on “Apply,” then click on “Partition” to verify that you want to format your SSD drive.
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    Wait for Disk Utility to format your SSD drive. The name of the drive will display in Finder when complete.