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How to Initialize SSD in Windows 10/8/7

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Aug 04, 2023 • Filed to: Answer Hard Drive Problems • Proven solutions

When it comes to initializing SSD in Windows 10, 8.or 7 there are certain steps you need to take to do it successfully. If you added a new disk to your PC and you noticed that it did not show up in your File Explorer you may need to Initialize it or add a drive letter to it before you can use it. It is pertinent to note that only an unformatted drive can be initialized. Once a disk is initialized, all the data it contains is erased to prepare it for a successful format procedure.

Overview of Disk Unknown not initialized Error

After researching this problem thoroughly we came to realize that many users often struggle to initialize their hard drive SSD. There are two very common cases PC users grapple with and we treat them in this article.

Case 1

Getting an ADATA SU800 3D SSD and in my disk management it is showing "unknown". When I try to have it initialized I keep getting an error message "This system can not find the specified file". How can this be resolved?

Case 2

I installed a new SSD on my Windows 7. After doing that, I navigated to Computer and right clicked Manage

Why do you need to initialize hard drive/SSD?

There are several reasons why you may need to initialize your hard drive SSD and some of the reasons are

How to Initialize SSD in Windows 10/8/7


Before you start this process, you need to take heed to certain warnings. When you initialize an SSD, all the data in it will be completely erased. To avoid data loss make sure you back them up first so you can recover later.

After bearing this in mind, here are two very effective solutions you can adopt to Initialize SSD on Windows 10, 8, and 7.

Solution 1 – Initialize SSD/HDD with Diskpart Commands

Diskpart is a very effective tool and works much better than Disk management because it can solve issues that Disk management may not solve. To Initialize SSD/HDD using Diskpart Commands follow these steps through carefully.


Solution 2- Use Diskpart Management to initialize SSD/HDD in Windows 10/8/7

You can also initialize your SSD/HDD using Disk Management. Here is how to do it.



Note that if this fails it means the disk status is either not initialized or it is missing.


Initializing SSD and HDD in Windows 10, 8, and 7 is possible using Diskpart Commands and Diskpart Management. The process is fast and easy and if adhered to carefully, initializing your SDD/HDD will take only a few minutes.

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