GGPC Guide: How to activate a new M.2 SSD using Windows 10

Some motherboards have multiple M.2 slots on them, it’s not quite plug-in-and-play though. Once you’ve plugged your new M.2 SSD into a free slot you’ll need to activate the SSD drive and assign a drive letter.

The good news is, it’s super easy to do!

With the new M.2 SSD now installed, turn the PC on and let it boot into windows as normal. The new drive won’t be usable until we activate it.

Press/Click the windows key and type in ‘partition’ then press enter/click

This will make the ‘create and format hard disk partitions’ tool pop up.

You’ll see your new M.2 SSD in here but it will be coloured black to indicate it’s not currently active.
Right click on the black drive and select ‘new simple volume’ 
The tool will then pop up, click next to begin!
The first thing it will ask us to do is to specify the volume size

The default number that appears here automatically is the max storage available (yep, 500GB becomes 476B when formatted..) so just go with what pops up and click next.

Now choose a drive letter
Now name your new SSD
All done! Your new SSD will now be usable on your PC.

The same process can be used for all types of storage, HDD and regular SSD too.

GAME ON!