How to Format SSD with OS on It?

September 10, 2018

This article will introduce you the best solution of how to format SSD with OS on it, thus you can do this operation in an effective way.

Can’t format SSD with OS on it

Search on the Internet, you may find many questions on the forums like the example below:

“I want to format my SSD that has Windows 7 installed. Will it still keep my operating system after formatting? I have already back up important things, but do I need to do anything else? Like I’m doing it to delete some space off it and then download what I want again.”

If you use Windows built-in tool to format the SSD with OS installed, you will get the error message “You cannot format this volume”. Because if there is operating system on the SSD, your computer need boot via this SSD. Without the operating system, your computer will not start. That’s why you can’t format it in Windows directly.

You Cannot Format This Volume

Best SSD format tool

Cause the Windows built-in tool do not help on format SSD with operating system installed, what should we do if we need formatting our c drive? You may puzzled about how to format SSD with OS on it? Don’t be worry! You can turn to a third party SSD format tool to do this operation. Compare with other software, here I highly recommend AOMEI Partition Assistant – the best SSD format tool which provides you many powerful features like format partition and make bootable media. You can use it to create a bootable media in advance and then format the SSD in your need easily and effectively.

How to format SSD with OS on it?

If there is OS on the SSD, and you want to format it, follow the specific guide below to complete this operation.

What you need to do before formatting SSD with OS on it:

Backup important files on the SSD as formatting will erase all data on it.

1. Connect a USB drive to the computer which installed AOMEI Partition Assistant (you can download AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard free from it official website).

2. Run AOMEI Partition Assistant, click “Make Bootable Media” on the left side bar and then click “Next” in the pop-up window.

Make Bootable Media

3. Click “Next” to ensure creating Win PE bootable media.

Next

4. After that, tick “USB Boot Device” and “Proceed” in the Make Bootable Media Wizard.

USB Boot Drive

Thus, you have created a USB bootable media successfully.

After creating bootable media successfully via AOMEI Partition Assistant, you should enter BIOS while rebooting to boot computer from the bootable USB drive.

Boot From USB

After that, you will be in the main interface of AOMEI Partition Assistant. Do as the following specific steps below:

Step 1. Right click the SSD partition you want to format and select “Format Partition”.

Step 2.And then choose the file system of the partition on SSD you need in the pop-up window.

Format

Step 3. After that, it will back to the main interface, preview the changes and click “Apply” > ”Proceed” to complete this formatting operation.

Conclusion

Follow these simple steps, you can easily and effectively format SSD with OS on it. Free AOMEI Partition Assistant can be the best SSD formatting tool. It can help you to create bootble media and format partition in an easy way. Besides formatting partition and make bootable media, it also has many other powerful functions. Such as resize/delete/move partition, rebuild MBR, NTFS to FAT32 converter, migrate OS to SSD and so on. If you want to convert dynamic disk to basic or solve the problem like convert system disk between MBR and GPT without losing data, you can upgrade to AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional to solve these problem.