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New Samsung SSD, can't format? Easiest way to migrate/install W10?

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New 850 EVO SSD came in the mail today. It shows up in BIOS and under disk management. I've read a number of places online that show how to reformat yet under disk management I don't have that option.

What do I need to do to get Windows to recognize the SSD? Options that I have are in the attached screenshot.

edit 2: Samsung tool only does everything. What's the best way to get just Windows 10 onto it? I'd rather migrate than do a fresh install if possible to avoid losing settings and such. If not, can I install via ISO via Daemon Tools? I don't have a disk drive or a thumb drive large enough to boot from. Also how will that work since I didn't get a serial since I upgraded directly from 7?
Edited by uk80glue - 7/28/16 at 6:22pm
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OK, so when you opened Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) it would have asked you to "Initialize" the disk, which you did (as MBR).
(Can tell because the Option for "Change to GPT" is showing in the screenshot)

In the screenshot, you are selecting the Physical Disk (and the context menu is showing you options for the disk).
To the right of this, you can select what I guess is the virtual space of the drive ("Unallocated space" with the black bar across the top).
Right clicking here will show you a context menu with "New Simple Volume" - which is what you want.

You'll need to click next through a few windows:
You'll be prompted to chose the size of the volume you are creating, which you will probably want to use it all (default option)
You will be prompted for file system (probably just want NTFS (default option))
and then finalize and format.

Pretty much all the default settings will most likely be what you want. (And you can always reformat it later to a different file system or change from MBR to GPT or whatever.)

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Edited by spinFX - 7/28/16 at 7:07pm
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Yep, that did it. Thanks a ton. Dunno why I had such a hard time finding that info before lol

Now to figure out how to get W10 moved.
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You can try to clone it, Macrium Reflect Free seems to work well. Also I believe Samsung has a dedicated data migration software.
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Ill check that one out when I get off work later. Samsung has one, but it wants to migrate everything. You can select stuff not to migrate, but it only lets you exclude certain file types. I was hoping there was a way to isolate only the OS.
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