Checking on Hard drive SDD or HDD

Hi All Expert,

I am seeking a noob question, how can I check if a laptop is using SSD or HDD?

Where it is written that my hard disk is SDD or HDD..

I have tried searching

msinfo32
Device manager
Disk management

Windows 10 can easily check from disk management but not windows 7.

I have googled and get confused as I am afraid to buy wrong, The model name is TOSHIBA THNSFJ256GCSU SCSI Disk Device and Sk Hynix SC308 SATA SCSI Disk Device, appreciate if any expert can assist me on checking it on win 7.

Thanks!
xchiazyxAsked:
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McKnifeCommented:
I don't know why I even mad it that complicated for you.
The 2 drives you mention are SSDs.

The powershell command is not usable on win7, by the way (just tried after updating powershell to the latest on win7) - it relies on other OS components/methods that win7 does not have.

So back to your question: you wonder if TOSHIBA THNSFJ256GCSU SCSI Disk Device and Sk Hynix SC308 SATA SCSI  are both SSDs? Yes, they are.
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McKnifeCommented:
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McKnifeCommented:
(get-physicaldisk).MediaType

Open in new window

Seems to be the better powershell code.
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xchiazyxAuthor Commented:
Hi McKnife,

Thank you for reverting back.

I don't know how to use PowerShell, zero knowledge on this, apologies.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> Googling it quickly finds

Not all SSDs have the letters "SSD" in the model info, such as the Kingston SH103S3120G. Oh, I just noticed that same comment under the script — it mentions the SanDisk SD5SG2256G1052E, also without "SSD" in the model. Anyway, after lots of searching, it turns out that, as far as I can tell, there's no definitive way to determine if a drive is SSD in W7.

One pretty sure indicator is to look at the subscore for the disk data transfer rate here:
Control Panel
System
Windows Experience Index

My SSD shows 7.9 and I suspect that any SSD will score over 7 and any HDD well under that. Of course, the more obvious approach is to read the specs on the model, such as this listing at Amazon, which shows that it is an SSD:
https://www.amazon.com/Toshiba-THNSFJ256GCSU-2-5in-256GB-SATA/dp/B01LD0TYPW

Regards, Joe
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McKnifeCommented:
Right, see my 2nd comment, Joe.
@xchiazyx click your start button, type powershell, start what it finds (powershell) and type that command one-liner of my 2nd comment.

If you need to deploy this to hundreds of machines, use a powershell startup script. Do you have know-how about using startup scripts?
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
McKnife,
(get-physicaldisk).MediaType does not work in W7:

get-physicaldisk w7
It works fine in W10:

get-physicaldisk w10
Regards, Joe
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McKnifeCommented:
Joe, install the latest powershell on win7.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Well, it's 3am in my neck of the woods and time to pack it in...that task will have to wait for another day...but thanks for the tip!
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
McKnife,
Thanks for letting me know about PS on W7.

xchiazyx,
I provided a link in an earlier post to the Toshiba THNSFJ256GCSU at Amazon. Here's a link to the SK Hynix SC308 at Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Hynix-SC308-128GB-Solid-State/dp/B0722HW3D6

So, the Toshiba is 2.5-inch form factor SSD and the Hynix is an M.2 form factor SSD.

Regards, Joe
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McKnifeCommented:
Hey, good observation, Joe.
xchiazyx, what is your laptop model?
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nobusCommented:
now we are moving to the next Q : how to know if it is SSD or m2 ?  lol
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McKnifeCommented:
@nobus:
m.2 is just the name of the interface. It is still an ssd.
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nobusCommented:
agreed - but i saw that Q coming up
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xchiazyxAuthor Commented:
Hi All,

Many thanks for the kind support much appreciate for the time to reply to this question.

Thanks!
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
You're very welcome — happy to help!
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