Initialize an SSD in OS X Yosemite and earlier

by Moderator Moderator on ‎11-06-2012 09:48 AM - edited on ‎02-16-2017 02:31 PM by Moderator Moderator (175,679 Views)

If you have upgraded to OS X 10.11, go to our new guide for El Capitan and later.


Before you can use your new SSD with your Mac, you have to initialize and partition it.

  1. Connect the SSD via USB adapter or other external connection method and enter Disk Utility, or install the SSD internally into your system and enter Disk Utility via the OS X Recovery tool or your installation media. When the SSD is noticed by the Mac, you will see a message telling you that the drive cannot be read by this computer. In this message, click the button Initialize.
  2. The Crucial SSD will be listed in Disk Utility. Highlight the SSD and click the Partition tab.
  3. Click on Options and verify that it's set to "GUID Partition Table".
  4. Select Partition 1 if you want to use the entire SSD as a single partition, and give it a suitable name.
  5. Verify that the selected format has defaulted to "Mac OS Ex tended (Journaled)".
  6. Select Partition. The drive will now be partitioned and formatted.
  7. When the Disk Utility is done, close it.

The SSD should now be visible on your desktop with the new name you gave it. If you have not yet installed the SSD internally and wish to do so, more information is available here.



Kilobyte Kid

Works for me!

Kilobyte Kid
The Partition option is off!