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Windows 7: I am trying to format an SSD, but it's not showing on Desktop

21 May 2020   #1
0verdrive

Windows 7 32 bit.
 
 
I am trying to format an SSD, but it's not showing on Desktop

I have an Asus laptop on which I would like to install a 240 GB Crucial SSD. However, although I can see it in Device Manager via a USB port, the SSD doesn't appear on the desktop. I have checked the drive on the EaseUs Partition app and it comes up as healthy. I was hoping to install Windows 10 on the drive. Any advice appreciated, and thanks in advance. Sorry, when I say 'desktop' I mean My Computer.
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21 May 2020   #2
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

Welcome to the forum if its new it wont show up in explorer until its paritioned and formatted but your best leaving it blank and install 10 on it which will create the correct paritions and format them
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21 May 2020   #3
0verdrive

Windows 7 32 bit.
 
 

Thanks for that. I shall set about replacing 7 with 10 sometime this week and see how it goes. I did try to install Windows 7, but it wouldn't have it. I used to use the SSD as a back-up on my iMac, and wonder if that has anything to do with it.
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21 May 2020   #4
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

What is the partition style and filesystem on that disk? Easeus or similar will tell you.
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21 May 2020   #5
0verdrive

Windows 7 32 bit.
 
 

(What is the partition style and filesystem on that disk? Easeus or similar will tell you.)

Hello, and thanks once more. It's 2.45 am here so I won't be looking at it again until morning, but I think it said something about 'unallocated'. Sadly, I'm a bit of an opsimath when it comes to computing. Just wish I'd been born 50 years later! (I'm in my eighty-sixth year, by the way) I worked for the Thomas Edison concern as a technician in the fifties, but that was an entirely different ball game. Anyway, I'm just going to have a quick game of online Scrabble, then back to bed. See you tomorrow :) .
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22 May 2020   #6
0verdrive

Windows 7 32 bit.
 
 

A screenshot of the EaseUs Partitioner result. I don't know how to interpret this, but I'm sure someone on here will know what it means.


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23 May 2020   #7
0verdrive

Windows 7 32 bit.
 
 

By the way, EaseUs has a 'format' option but it doesn't manifest itself when analyzing this SSD, for some reason.
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23 May 2020   #8
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

The shot you posted is from windows disk management, not Easeus.

You will notice that the two partitions on Disk0 are shown as NTFS filesystem.

Disk1 is shown as having only one partition, and no filesystem is listed.

That leads one to suspect it has been formatted with a filesystem that windows doesn't recognize.

I haven't looked at Easeus for a while. I usually recommend Aomei partition Assistant, which does support some non windows systems - the free edition is fine for most things.

If there is nothing on Disk1 that you need, you could try deleting the partition, then create a new one using NTFS.
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23 May 2020   #9
0verdrive

Windows 7 32 bit.
 
 

Sorry about that. A senior moment I guess. Anyway, here is what I thought I'd posted. . Thanks for the tip about Aomel. I'll take a look at it.


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23 May 2020   #10
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Does Easeus offer to create ( not format) a partition in that unallocated space?

Partitions can be formatted. Unallocated space cannot.

Otherwise, Aomei is good for most things. It might let you delete and then create fresh partitions on that disk. And/or you could convert the disk from GPT to MBR if you wish.

If Aomei doesn't want to delete/create the partitions on that disk , then Paragon supports many filesystems, or at least it used to to for basic functions. I am not that keen on Paragon hard disk manager nowadays since they have rebuilt it into something very large and unwieldy.
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