Encountering issues with your SSD not showing up in Windows Explorer can be frustrating, but don’t worry; it’s often an easy fix. If you’re using a Windows 11 laptop, like the Acer Nitro 17, and your SSD isn’t appearing as it should, here’s a step-by-step guide to resolve the issue. Through a real-life example, we’ll show you how to troubleshoot and fix the problem.

Step 1: Accessing Disk Management

Firstly, open the Disk Management tool. You can do this by right-clicking the Start button and selecting ‘Disk Management’. Here you should see your SSD listed, but without any assigned partitions or drive letters.

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Step 2: Initializing the SSD

If your SSD appears as ‘unallocated’, it means it needs to be initialized. Right-click on the SSD and select ‘Initialize Disk’, then follow the prompts to get it set up.

Step 3: Creating a New Simple Volume

After initialization, right-click on the unallocated space and select ‘New Simple Volume’. This will open a wizard that will guide you through the process of creating a partition and assigning a drive letter.

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Step 4: Assigning a Drive Letter

During the wizard, you’ll be prompted to assign a drive letter. Choose a letter that isn’t currently in use.

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Step 5: Formatting the SSD

Next, you’ll be asked to format the partition. Select the NTFS file system, set the allocation unit size to ‘Default’, and give your drive a name under ‘Volume label’.

Step 6: Completing the Setup

Once you’ve formatted the SSD, you’ll see the final summary window. Here, you’ll notice the volume size might appear larger than the advertised size on the SSD. Don’t panic! This is due to the difference between decimal (used by manufacturers) and binary (used by Windows) measurements.


And that’s it! Your SSD should now be visible in Windows Explorer, ready for use. If you run into any issues during this process, it’s worth checking for driver updates, BIOS settings, and ensuring that your SSD is properly seated in the connection port.

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