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(In-depth Tutorial) How to Format SSD in Windows 11

Updated by Tracy King on Jan 15, 2023
Written by Roxanne

Solid State Drives or SSDs are different from HDDs. While HDD has mechanical parts, SSDs are flash storage devices. While they are different from each other, SSDs don't need to be formatted every time, but they have to be formatted before you use them, and that is for a reason. You need to format them to clean the bad sectors, erase old data, and prepare it for fresh usage.

The primary reason why formatting SSDs or even running defragmentation is unnecessary is that SSDs are designed with wear-leveling algorithms and controller firmware that automatically fix any data issues that may arise over time.

However, when you need to do it, you will have to do it, and this is where this post will help you learn multiple methods to format SSDs in the right way.

Disclaimer: Make sure to backup all the data available on the drive which you plan to format. There is no way to retrieve it once it is formatted or deleted.

Method 1. Using EaseUS Partition Master to Format SSD
Method 2. Format SSD with Disk Management
Method 3. Format SSD via CMD

Method 1. Using EaseUS Partition Master to Format SSD

EaseUS Partition Master provides a safe, effective, and easy-to-use solution for disks and partitions. The program offers users with a wide range of options to optimize, format, and secure drives. The software also ensures SSDs are formatted scientifically.

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Follow the steps to see how to format your SSD in simple clicks with this software:

Step 1. Right-click the hard drive partition and choose the "Format" option.

Step 2. In the new window, set the Partition label, File system, and Cluster size for the partition, then click "OK".

Step 3. You can see a warning window, click "Yes" to continue.

Step 4. Click the "Execute 1 Task(s)" button, then click "Apply" to start formatting the hard drive partition.

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What Else Can You Do on SSD Disk with EaseUS Partition Master?

Here is the complete list of primary features that you can apply to manage the SSD aside from formatting it:

  • Resize/Copy/Convert Disk Partitions.
  • Transfer OS from HDD to SSD for a seamless transition to high performance
  • Convert Disk from MBR to GPT without formatting the disk
  • Increase drive spaces on an installed OS
  • Solve Windows partition issues
  • Recover damaged or lost partitions 
  • Maximize disk capacity usage
  • Reallocate disk space 

All these features make EaseUS Partition Master a one-stop solution that can be used by anyone who needs to manage their disks, format to correct file system, and so on. Contrary to other applications, the best part is that you do not need to restart after most operations. 

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Method 2. Format SSD with Disk Management

Disk Management is a built-in tool of Windows that can be used to format SSD drives. Using this tool, you can format an SSD drive using NTFS, FAT, FAT32, exFAT. However, it's a crude tool, and if not used properly, can result in the accidental deletion of the drives and partitions.

Step 1: Click on Start Menu, and then type Disk Partition to bring up the Disk Management tool. Select to launch it. Once it opens, you should be able to view all connected storage devices and partitions.

format drive on disk management

Step 2: To format the SSD using the Windows Disk Management tool, right-click on it and select Format.

Step 3: Choose the file system time, name the volume, and select the format type. If you want the system to erase data, uncheck the quick format, and let the wizard do its job.

You will need an administrator account to launch and use it.

Method 3. Format SSD via CMD

If you are comfortable with the Command Prompt, then you can rather do it very quickly. However, be very cautious that even a small mistake can result in loss of data. Make sure to note the name of the drive or use File Explorer to verify before executing it.

Step 1: Open Run prompt using WIN + R, type CMD, and use Shift + Enter to launch it with admin permission.

Step 2: Once the command prompt opens, type format /FS:NTFS and press the Enter key.

Step 3: Once the process completes, the drive will be ready to use, and you should see that in the File Explorer.

Because of the missing user interface, it is only suitable to be used by professionals or internally by IT admins.

Format SSD via CMD

Which Format Method Is Best?

Here is a quick comparison between all these three methods. to help you clearly understand the advantages and disadvantages.

Comparison EaseUS Partition Master Windows Disk Management Command Prompt
Ease of Use Most Easy Cumbersome with no preview No Interface, Difficult to use
Speed Secure and Fast Takes Time Fast
MBR Table Corruption Rebuild MBR Table No such option Available via Advanced Recovery
Data Protection Enhanced Absent Absent

While the table offers a broader view of the tools, there is much more to it. Most of the built-in tool in Windows is made for IT administrator who can use the API and Batch file to set up a new computer for prepare the system for future.

That said, most of the SSDs OEM offer an over-provisioning feature that you should set up once the formatting is complete. It increases the drive's life as there is no need for defragmentation, which only reduces the life. This feature also ensures that the SSDs don't go slow as the disk space is getting full.

Conclusion

We hope this article has shown you why you should format SSD and how to do it in a way that provides maximum security. That said, always choose a method or tool that is easy to use, offers a clear preview, and has options that can understand. That said, where the EaseUS Partition Master comes into the picture? The software makes disk management a breeze, format partitions to any file system you want, and manages disks and other recovery tools.

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FAQs about How to Format SSD on Windows 11

If you want to know more about formatting SSD on Windows 11, you can follow these listed questions here and find out the answers below:

1. Should I format SSD before installing Windows 11?

It depends on how you would like to install Windows 11 on the SSD disk. If you want to clean install Windows 11 on SSD, you can format the SSD in advance. If you want to keep existing programs and data on the SSD, you don't need to format the drive.

2. How do I format my SSD to exFAT Windows 11?

  • Launch EaseUS Partition Master, right-click on the SSD partition and select 'Format',
  • Set the file system as exFAT and click 'OK'.
  • Execute the operation.

3. How to partition SSD in Windows 11?

  • Open Disk Management, right-click on the unallocated space of the SSD, and select 'New Simple Volume'.
  • Set the partition size and file system, click 'OK'.
  • Repeat the process if you want to create multiple partitions on the SSD in Windows 11.

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Updated by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 9 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management, data transfer, Windows update issues, etc.

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Written by Roxanne

Roxanne is one of the main contributors to EaseUS and has created multiple posts on digital devices like PCs, Mobile phones, tablets, Mac, etc. She loves to share ideas with people of the same interest.

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