6 Ways to Check if Windows Laptop Has HDD or SSD and Its Type

You may have heard people talk about HDD or SSD when it comes to the specifications of a laptop. If you want to know whether your Windows PC has an HDD or an SSD without taking it out, this is the right place. By the end of the post, you will also know how to find the model name of the HDD or SSD of your Windows laptop.

How to Check if Windows Laptop has HDD or SSD

Basically, Windows computers usually have two types of hard drives or internal storage drives – Hard Disk Drive (HDD) or Solid State Drive (SSD). While HDD is an older technology and runs slower, SSDs are newer, faster but costlier as compared to HDDs. Let’s learn how to know if your hard drive is SSD or HDD in Windows.

1. Check Hard Drive Type Using Task Manager

“Does my Windows laptop has HDD or SSD?” To answer that, you can use the beloved Task Manager to check if your Windows computer has SSD or HDD:

Step 1: Right-click on the taskbar at the bottom and select Task Manager. Alternatively, use the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keyboard shortcut to open the Task Manager app.

Windows PC Open Task Manager

Step 2: Click on the Performance tab from the left sidebar. It’s the icon that shows the graph.

Windows PC Task Manager Performance

You will see the hard drive type i.e., HDD or SSD mentioned under the Disk.

Step 3: You may also click on Disk 0 or others to see the disk type at the bottom.

Step 4: To know which SSD or HDD you have installed on your laptop, look for the model name at the top.

2. How to Tell if Hard Drive is HDD or SDD Using Optimize Drives Utility

Step 1: Press Windows + R keys to open the Run app.

Step 2: Type dfrgui in the Run box and press Enter to open the Optimize Drives window.

Note: Alternatively, you can open Windows search and type defrag. Then, click on ‘Defragment & Optimize Drives’.

Step 3: Look at the Media type column next to your preferred drive. You will easily see whether it is a Solid state drive or Hard disk drive.  

Tip: Learn how to check drive health on a Windows PC.

3. See HDD or SSD Type and Model Name Using PowerShell

Step 1: Right-click on the Start Menu and select Terminal (Admin) from the menu.

Step 2: A confirmation pop-up will show up. Select Allow.

Step 3: In the PowerShell tab, type the below command and press Enter.


You will see the HDD and SSD model names under the FriendlyName column and their type listed under the MediaType column.

Tip: Check out other ways to run PowerShell on Windows PC.

4. How to Check if Hard Disk is NVMe From Settings

You can use Settings to check which drive is an NVMe SSD on your Windows laptop as shown below.

Step 1: Open Settings on your Windows PC. You can use the Windows + I keyboard shortcut to open settings.

Step 2: Go to Storage under System.

Windows PC Storage Settings

Step 3: Expand the Advanced storage settings and go to Disks & volumes.

Step 4: Click on the Properties button next to the main disk i.e., Disk 0, Disk 1, etc., and not on their partitions.

You will know what kind of hard drive you have by the type mentioned next to the Media label. Look for the text next to the Bus type to know if your SSD is NVMe or not. If it’s NVMe, you will see NVMe or RAID as the Bus type, otherwise, you will see SATA.

To know more about the SSD or HDD type, copy the model name and google it to view its detailed specifications.

Tip: Learn how to create hard drive partitions.

5. Find Which HDD or SSD Model You Have

In addition to the above methods, you can use the following ways to determine the model name and type of your hard drive on a Windows PC.

Method 1: Using This PC

Step 1: Open This PC folder on your computer.

Step 2: Right-click on the C Drive and select Properties from the menu.

Step 3: Select the Hardware tab. Here you will see the model name of your SSD or HDD.

Method 2: Using Device Manager

Step 1: Right-click on the Start icon and select Device Manager from the menu.

Step 2: Expand the Disk drives section to know the names of the disk types of your Windows PC.

Step 3: If you want to know whether the SSD is NVMe or not, right-click on the SSD and select Properties.

Step 4: Go to the Details tab and choose Hardware Ids from the drop-down box.

If SSD is NVMe, you will see NVMe written under the Value section.  

Method 3: Using System Information

Step 1: Press Windows + R to open the Run dialog box.

Step 2: Type msinfo32 in the box and hit Enter.

Windows PC Open System Info

Step 3: Expand Components followed by Storage.

Windows PC System Info Storage

Step 4: Click on Disks and look for the drive model name on the right side next to the Model label.

Tip: Know how to check the edition, version, and build of Windows.

6. Check if a Drive is SSD or HDD Using Third-Party Tools

In addition to the above methods, you can also use free third-party tools to know if your laptop has HDD or SSD. Many manufacturers like Lenovo, Samsung, etc., have pre-installed apps that will help you in knowing the specifications of your laptop. But if those don’t help, you can use the following tools:

FAQs About HDD or SSD on a Windows Laptop

1. Why does my laptop have both SSD and HDD?

Some laptops have both SSD and HDD. There’s no harm in that. The SSD is mainly the C drive and is used for booting, whereas, the cost-friendly HDD acts as your regular storage space.

2. How to check the SSD or HDD size in Windows?

You can check the total storage of your Windows computer from Settings, Task Manager, etc. Check our detailed guide to know your Windows PC’s SSD or HDD size.

Manage Storage

Once you have checked if your Windows laptop has HDD or SSD, learn how to free up storage on your computer and also know how to use the Storage Spaces feature.

Last updated on 31 May, 2023

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