How to See if Disk Type is SSD or HDD in Windows 10


You can easily check to see if the disk type for your drives are SSD or HDD in Windows 10 without having to physically look at them or use 3rd party software.

A HDD (hard disk drive) is an electro-mechanical data storage device that uses magnetic storage to store and retrieve digital information using one or more rigid rapidly rotating disks (platters) coated with magnetic material. The platters are paired with magnetic heads, usually arranged on a moving actuator arm, which read and write data to the platter surfaces. Data is accessed in a random-access manner, meaning that individual blocks of data can be stored or retrieved in any order and not only sequentially. HDDs are a type of non-volatile storage, retaining stored data even when powered off.

A SSD (solid state drive), is a solid-state storage device that uses integrated circuit assemblies as memory to store data persistently. It is also sometimes called a solid-state device or a solid-state disk, although SSDs do not have physical disks. SSDs can use traditional hard disk drive (HDD) interfaces and form factors, or newer interfaces and form factors that exploit specific advantages of the flash memory in SSDs. Traditional interfaces (e.g., SATA and SAS) and standard HDD form factors allow such SSDs to be used as drop-in replacements for HDDs in computers and other devices. Newer form factors such as mSATA, M.2, U.2, and EDSFF (formerly known as Ruler SSD) and higher speed interfaces such as NVMe over PCI Express can increase performance over HDD performance. SSDs have no moving mechanical components. This distinguishes them from conventional electromechanical drives such as HDDs or floppy disks, which contain spinning disks and movable read-write heads. Compared with electromechanical drives, SSDs are typically more resistant to physical shock, run silently, and have quicker access time and lower latency. While the price of SSDs has continued to decline over time, SSDs are still more expensive per unit of storage than HDDs and are expected to remain so into the next decade.

This tutorial will show you how to see if a disk type is SSD (solid state drive) or HDD (hard disk drive) in Windows 10.


 CONTENTS:

  • Option One: See if Disk Type is SSD or HDD in Microsoft Drive Optimizer
  • Option Two: See if Disk Type is SSD or HDD in Task Manager
  • Option Three: See if Disk Type is SSD or HDD in PowerShell
  • Option Four: See if Disk Type is SSD or HDD in Command Prompt





See if Disk Type is SSD or HDD in Windows 10 OPTION ONE See if Disk Type is SSD or HDD in Windows 10
See if Disk Type is SSD or HDD in Microsoft Drive Optimizer

1. Open Optimize Drives.

2. In the Media type column, you will see the disk type shown for each drive listed. (see screenshot below)

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See if Disk Type is SSD or HDD in Windows 10 OPTION TWO See if Disk Type is SSD or HDD in Windows 10
See if Disk Type is SSD or HDD in Task Manager

This option is only available starting with Window 10 build 18898 and higher.

1. Open Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc).

2. In the Performance tab, you will see the disk type (SSD or HDD) for each disk listed. (see screenshot below)

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See if Disk Type is SSD or HDD in Windows 10 OPTION THREE See if Disk Type is SSD or HDD in Windows 10
See if Disk Type is SSD or HDD in PowerShell

To see more Get-PhysicalDisk command usage options and details, see: Get-PhysicalDisk | Microsoft Docs

1. Open PowerShell.

2. Copy and paste the command below into PowerShell, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

Get-PhysicalDisk | Format-Table -AutoSize

3. In the MediaType column, you will see the disk type (SSD or HDD) for each disk listed. (see screenshot below)

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See if Disk Type is SSD or HDD in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR See if Disk Type is SSD or HDD in Windows 10
See if Disk Type is SSD or HDD in Command Prompt

To see more Get-PhysicalDisk command usage options and details, see: Get-PhysicalDisk | Microsoft Docs

1. Open a Command Prompt.

2. Copy and paste the command below into the command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

PowerShell "Get-PhysicalDisk | Format-Table -AutoSize"

3. In the MediaType column, you will see the disk type (SSD or HDD) for each disk listed. (see screenshot below)

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That's it,
Shawn