How to Quickly Format an SSD in Windows 7/8/10 for Free?

February 1, 2019

Two methods enable you to quickly format an SSD disk in Windows 10, Windows 8.1/8, Windows 7. One is built-in Disk Management tool, the other is free AOMEI Partition Assistant.

Why format SSD?

An SSD stands for "Solid State Drive". It’s a type of disk which stores mediums in the computer. Compared with traditional hard disk, it has many advantages. Like a hard disk, an SSD must be divided into one or more partitions to store data. Thus, formatting an SSD also means formatting SSD partition. As SSD becomes more and more common, formatting or reformatting becomes important as well. For example, a computer may run slowly after being used for a long time. A lot of useless programs, accumulative viruses, corrupt files and so on can all be problems. You may need a clean installation of Windows, Then, a proper SSD formatting is a good choice, which will clean the SSD so that you can get rid of a virus, your computer can run faster or you can upgrade system. Here are two methods introduced to help you format an SSD.

How to format SSD in Windows 7/8/10?

Before formatting an SSD: Formatting means deleting everything. So if you have important data on SSD, please backup them first. By the way, free AOMEI Backupper can deal with it.

Format SSD with Disk Management

Step 1: Press "Win+R" to open "Run" box, and then type "diskmgmt.msc" to open Disk Management.

Step 2: Right click the SSD partition (here is E drive) you want to format. Choose "Format".

Format E

Step 3: You can change settings in the pop-up window, such as label the partition, change file system, perform a quick format. Then click “OK”.

Change Settings

Tips: Only the partition whose size is smaller than or equal to 32GB can be formatted from NTFS to FAT32 through Disk Management.

Step 4: A warning about data loss will appear. Click “OK” after your confirmation to execute.

Warning

With built-in Disk Management tool, system partition and boot partition are not allowed to be formatted. You will find the option “Format” is greyed out when right click C drive. However, if you do need to format system partition for a clean installation of Windows, you can realize it under the help of third-party partition manager - such as AOMEI Partition Assistant, which provides the utility "Make Bootable Media" that helps you create a bootable USB/CD to start your computer from Windows PE where you can format system partition.

Format SSD with Free AOMEI Partition Assistant

AOMEI Partition Assistant is a free partition manager software which can manage your hard disk partitions easily. It even allows you to format a partition larger than 32GB from NTFS to FAT32.

Step 1: Download AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. Install and launch it. Then, right click the SSD partition you want to format. Select “Format”.

Format Partition

Step 2: Here you’re able to name partition and change file system, and then click "OK" to continue.

Partition Label

Step 3: Don't forget to click "Apply" on the toolbar to commit the operation.

Apply

Tips: In fact, formatting doesn’t really erase the data on SSD before you write new data on it. They can still be found by some data recovery software. If you intend to sell or donate your SSD, deleting all data on SSD permanently is necessary, AOMEI Partition Assistant also has the function like wipe partition. Once it’s carried out, the data won’t be found by any data recovery software. By the way, AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard version is widely used by home users. More advanced features such as allocate free space, convert dynamic disk to basic, etc, are available in AOMEI Parititon Assistant Professional version.