Can't Format an mSATA Drive, What Should I Do

I inserted a 125 GB Toshiba mSATA from my old laptop into the mini port on my old Dell Latitude e5540. I want to format it to use as a boot drive. Is there any way to do this?v

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Cici· Answered on Dec 20, 2023

There are many reasons for not being able to format mSATA. Here are a few common reasons:

  • Bad sectors exist on the mSATA drive.
  • The mSATA SSD is write-protected.
  • The mSATA file system is corrupted.
  • The mSATA is infected with a virus.

If your mSATA drive is physically damaged, you need to replace it. If not, you can use a professional disk management tool to resolve the above issues and reformat it. 

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You can try the following solutions to reformat mSATA.

Method 1. Repair Corrupted mSATA

Step 1. Select the target disk, and choose "Advanced" > "Check File System."

Step 2. Select the "Try to fix errors if found" option.

Step 3. Click "Start" to check the disk error.

Method 2: Remove Write Protection from mSATA

Step 1. Open EaseUS Partition Master and go to the Toolkit section, and select "Write Protection."

Step 2. Select the write-protected disk and click "Disable."

Related Reading: How to Remove Write Protection and Format Write-Protected SSD

Method 3. Format mSATA with a Professional Tool

EaseUS Partition Master offers more comprehensive formatting options than Disk Management and Diskpart. It can successfully repair your disk even if it appears as RAW.

Step 1. Right-click on the target drive and select "Format."

Step 2. Select the file system and cluster size and click "OK."

Step 3. After confirming the warning window, click on Execute 1 Task(s) and "Apply."

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