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How To Check If The Hard Disk Is SSD Or HDD

Whether you have an SSD (Solid State Drive) or HDD (Hard Disk Drive) Installed on your computer, If you have no prior knowledge of the actual disk type, Identifying It Is not as easy as you think. On some Windows 10 editions, It's simply displayed In Task Manager, however It's not always the case. In this tutorial, I will show you how to check the disk type natively within Windows Itself, by using a few simple steps.

There are many online resources, that claim the Information can be viewed In the Performance section of Task Manager, however I've tested this on my Windows 10 Home & Enterprise editions to no avail. Here's what I mean. In the Image below, the disk type (SSD or HDD) Is supposed to be listed next to each drive, however It Isn't. By the way, this Is my Windows 10 Enterprise edition.

So how do you know what's Installed on your PC? I will demonstrate a somewhat hidden, yet extremely simple process, without the need to Install third-party tools. So let's get this tutorial started.

Step One:
Open the Search bar, enter this pc and click on the search result returned at the top, namely This PC.

Step Two:
Next, right-click on the drive you wish to Identify, and then click on Properties.

Step Three:
Select the Tools tab at the top, and then click on the Optimize button as arrowed below.

Last Step:
Under Media type, you will now see exactly what type of drive(s) are Installed on your PC. In my case, I'm running both SSD & HDD.

Final Thoughts:
It really doesn't get much easier than this, does It? As already mentioned, In terms of viewing the disk type, this Is a somewhat hidden feature that you'd probably wouldn't consider exploring for this purpose. Sure, there are third-party tools such as Speccy that provide this Information and a lot more, but why download and Install/execute a tool, when It can be done within the Windows environment?

I dislike tools & applications touching my computer, and prefer to use the Windows 10 built-In utilities. After reading this tutorial, I'm sure you'd share the same opinion.


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