How to format SSD partition on Windows 10 PC

A solid-state drive is considered 5-10 times faster as compared to a normal hard disk. This is why everyone wants to switch to SSD from HDD due to its better readability and overall reliability. However, a few users receive an error recently that reads “SSD won’t format”. Today, in this tutorial, we depict two different workarounds that can format SSD partition on Windows 10 PC.

Running different apps and services is quite easier on SSD, however, errors do occur appear on it as well. The first thing which you must ensure is to buy an original solid-state-drive. Doing so minimizes the chances of unnecessary complications while performing different processes at one go. To resolve the formatting issues, you should first remove the write-protection of the SSD partition. This won’t work if the partition at hand has become RAW. To fix this, you should execute a few command lines using Diskpart. Let’s explore these solutions in detail-

Fix – SSD partition won’t format on Windows 10 

Here, we discuss two different workarounds that help to format SSD partition on your PC-

1} Remove write protection of the SSD partition

In general, SSD comes write-protected which prohibits the addition of any new information unless you disable its attribute. To re-configure its settings, you may take the help of the Diskpart tool. Here’s how to proceed-

  • At first, jointly press Win+R to invoke the Run dialog.
  • Thereupon, type diskpart at the void followed by the Enter Key.
  • Next, type “list disk” (without quotes) on the succeeding console and press the Enter key.
  • A list of available partitions will appear on the prompt. Once you identify the SSD disk, type “select disk 0” and hit the Enter Key again.

format SSD partition

Note: In the above command line, put the SSD drive number instead of “0” if that differs.

  • Henceforth, execute the following code-
attributes disk clear readonly
  • Once your PC completes carrying out the above command, you may close the Diskpart window.

Do Restart the system to save the changes performed so far. After the next login, you may try formatting your SSD partition. Normally, this will get formatted. If not, try the next workaround.

2. Format the Raw SSD using diskpart

Before proceeding to the steps, launch the Disk Management to view the exact status of the SSD partition. To do this, press Win+X hotkey together and select the Disk Management option.

Disk Management

If the SSD disk is enlisted as RAW inside the File System on the next screen, you should perform the below steps to format the solid-state drive.

Step-1: Hit the Win icon and start typing “diskpart” using the keyboard. 

Step-2: When the well-suited result appears, select the Run as administrator option on the right-wing.

SSD won’t format

Step-3: Next, execute the following codes one by one on the diskpart prompt. Make sure to press the Enter key at the end of each command line.

list disk
select disk n (where n is the SSD drive)
create partition primary
format fs=ntfs quick
assign letter=x (where x is the letter assigned to your SSD)

In case, you want to format the SSD partition using FAT32 instead of NTFS, replace the same in the above command line.

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