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SSD unable to initialise: Quick Fix

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SSDs have become significantly cheaper these days, making them more accessible. If you haven’t yet added an SSD to your computer, you’re missing out on a lot. 

However, just because they’re fast doesn’t mean that they’re perfect. In this article, we’re looking at the “SSD unable to initialise error” and some solutions you can try out. 

Also read: Windows 11 stuck on black screen before login: 7 Fixes

Why does this happen?

Several reasons can cause this error. Some of the most popular ones are as follows.

  • Incompatible, corrupt or outdated driver.
  • MBR Corruption.
  • Missing or lost partitions.
  • Corrupt file system,

How to fix this?

Here are a few solutions you can try out. 

Re-seat the SSD

One of the first things you should try is disconnecting the SSD and reconnecting it again. Be sure to check the SSD connectors and the slot for any dust or debris that might also hamper the connection. Once the SSD is reseated, try booting your computer to see if that resolved the error. 

Run the Check Disk utility

As mentioned above, corrupt MBR partitions or bad sectors can also cause this problem. Try running the Check Disk Utility to see if Windows can find and resolve errors with your SSD. 

You can refer to our detailed guide here on how to run the check disk utility.

Initialise using Disk Management

You can use the Windows Disk Management tool to initialise your SSD manually. Just follow these steps. 

Step 1: Press Windows Key + X to open the Quick Access menu. Click Disk Management.

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Step 2: Right-click the SSD and select Initialise. 

Follow along with the initialisation wizard and restart your PC once done. This should get your SSD up and running. 

Initialise using Command Prompt

If you’d rather use Command Prompt to initialise your SSD. Here’s how. 

Step 1: Press the Windows key + R to open the Run prompt. Type cmd and hit enter. 

Step 2: Type diskpart and hit enter. 

Step 3: Type the list disk command to see all connected drives. 

Step 4: Note the number of your SSD and type the select disk command followed by the drive’s number.

Step 5: Type the following commands one after the other.

convert gpt (use mbr if you want to use MBR instead)
create partition primary
format quick fs=ntfs

Now restart your PC, and your disk should be up and running. 

Also read: How to check Windows shutdown reason in BIOS?

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here:

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