Question I have 2 C: drives and need to reformat one but there is a twist.

May 10, 2020
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I initially installed Win 10 on an SSD and then migrated it to an M.2 and removed the SSD. Works fine. But I would like to reformat the SSD and use it for storage. When I reinstall it and set the M.2 as 1st Boot priority in Bios, it keeps defaulting to the SSD and the M.2 is then listed as inactive in Disk Management. If I connect the SSD after normal booting, it will not show up in disk management at all. Any ideas? Thanks very much.
 

hang-the-9

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Try connecting the SSD with an external enclosure, format it then and see if it works OK after that. Also check your system manual/support site to see if there are any special tricks to getting it to boot off M.2 when the SATA drive is in the system.
 
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I didn't have an external enclosure to use, so what I did was to boot into Linux from a thumbdrive. The Disk management in Linux listed all drives, perhaps because it wasn't detecting the drive with Win 10 as a boot drive. I was then able to format it there and voilà! Thank again for your help.
 
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