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serial # of HDD

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what tool will tell you the serial # of a HDD..

i checked msinfo32.. but it gives a 'volume serial #' for each partition.. then i assume it cannot be THE serial # of the whole drive..

any other built in tools will tell that?
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by:riteheer
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Ok, please forgive me for asking.... but why?
You can pull the drive and get serial from the label...
My reason for why is trying to figure out if this is something you need to do on a regular basis? or if something you want one time?
If you go the drive manufacturer's web site and get their downloadable diagnostics, you can run that and it will tell you.
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MASQUERAID, i am using it in vista and getting compilation error.

so apparently it is just not any easy thing to get to from built in tools?
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riteheer, it is one time.. does western digital have such tool?
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Supposedly WMIC can tell you:
wmic path win32_physicalmedia get serialnumber

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But on my Win7 system the value returned is incorrect.

Vendors typically have Windows-based utilities that can retrieve this information for you.  For example, Western Digital's tool is their "Data Lifeguard Diagnostic".  One version is available at http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?groupid=612&sid=3&lang=en but they may have other versions for other drive models.

Seagate has a similar tool that I used within the past few months.

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would a tool like SIW always give it accurate across all OS?

(wmic path win32_physicalmedia get serialnumber did not get it for me in xp)
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by:garycase
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Download the free Western Digital Data Lifeguard diagnostics -- when you run it, it will show you the drives in your system along with their serial numbers.
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25112: I don't know whether SIW provides HD serial numbers; I haven't tried it.  I poked around a bit and the only information I can find about SIW is either from the creator's site, or from any of several download sites.  I tend not to use software if I can't find more information than that.

Are the vendor-provided tools unsuitable because you need to get this information for many systems with drives from different vendors?

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Are the vendor-provided tools unsuitable because you need to get this information for many systems with drives from different vendors?


exactly.. so we prefer one good method that is easily reproducible..
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Both WD's Data Lifeguard and Seagate's SeaTools (both free) will report serial numbers from ANY manufacturer's disks.    Most of the other vendor's utilities will do this as well.

If you don't want to use a specific vendor's tool, you can use the free version of HDTune, which will not only show the serial number and all current S.M.A.R.T. info, but can also be used to run both benchmarks and do a diagnostic error scan for your drives.

http://www.hdtune.com/download.html
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by:Gerald Connolly
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Still not sure why you need this info, is it just for tracking or some other reason?
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Run the following script in powershell:

clear-host
$disk_list = @()
$disk_list = $disk_list + (get-wmiobject win32_diskdrive)
write-host ""
write-host "List Disk version 1.0"
write-host ""
foreach ($disk in $disk_list){
    write-host ("#----------------------------")
    write-host ("")
    write-host ("model: " + $disk.model)
    write-host ("signature: " + $disk.signature)
    write-host ("")
}
write-host ("#----------------------------")
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by:25112
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Gary - that is simply a very nice tool - thanks for the nice reco.. my team is going to like this...

connollyg, it is for our inventory tracking dept.

noxcho, I would like to run your script and understand that as an option. I have never used or known much about powershell.. can you tell how you would run this from vista or xp.. does it need any special setup?
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by:klodefactor
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Just a couple of important points about HDTune:
- The free version can not legally be used for your application; it's for personal use only.  Your inventory department will have to pay up to US$34.95 for each PC you want to use this on (volume discounts available).
- The free version hasn't been updated in three and a half years.
FWIW, HDTune Free identified my drive correctly (ST3160023AS) but was not able to retrieve the serial number.
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noxcho: just a quick question: did you test this and confirm that the value reported is actually the serial number as recorded on the drive label?

I ask because I tried "wmic" on my test PC (running MS Windows XP) but it returns an incorrect value:
wmic path win32_diskdrive get model,signature

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by:25112
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thanks all..

we like HDTUNE's GUI.. they emailed if they report wrong serial #, money back..
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by:25112
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we ll keep the other options as something to fall back.. but they need more testing to be done on them for all environment..
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The result value is shown in decimal.
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