Find if it’s HDD or SSD? Distinguish whether it’s a Hard Disk Drive (HDD) or a Solid State Drive (SSD)

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Confused about your disk nature – do you want to confirm if your laptop has a HDD or a SSD? Learn how to distinguish whether it’s a Hard Disk Drive (HDD) or a Solid State Drive (SSD) that you have in this simple guided video tutorial. SSDs, without any doubt, perform far better than traditional HDDs but since the later has also grown into relatively smaller form factor plus faster speed it might be difficult for some to distinguish them – HDD or SSD?

We explore 3 different methods to recognize disk drives inside computer (Windows PC) – each of them should assist us to distinguish if your PC has HDD or SSD inside it? Or the same applies to external disks.

Method 1: Disk property
In deed, no good method but should fairly provide basic information regarding your drives. Go to your computer’s Device Manager > Hard Drives and/or Disk Management and open drive properties from the context menu. Detail of this process is explained in the video below.

Finding Solid State Drive or Hard Disk Drive as media type in Windows 10 Disk optimise
Finding Solid State Drive or Hard Disk Drive as media type in Windows 10 Disk optimise

Method 2: Disk Optimise
Not so trustworthy method. But Fragment and disk optimise provides lot of information than the disk properties. This is the easiest method but not accurate most of the times.

Method 3: Speccy
The best & easiest way to find detail specs of the computer. Speccy – Fast, lightweight, advanced system information tool for your PC. This is of course, the best option to find detail specifications of any drives or any particular hardware and sensors in your computer. Get a free Speccy downloads here and analyse if you have a HDD or a SSD.

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