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How to Check If Your Hard Drive Is SSD or HDD in Windows 10

Hard drive is an important component of a computer, which even determines the performance of computer to a large extent. In general, there are two different types of hard drives: HDD and SSD. If you don't know what type of hard drive has been installed in your computer, you can check it directly in Windows without having to take the computer apart to see what’s inside it. Now this post shows you three simple ways to check if your hard drive is SSD or HDD in Windows 10.


Way 1: Check if your hard drive is SSD or HDD using Optimize Drives app

Step 1: Type optimize in the Cortana search box, and when the Defragment and Optimize Drives App appears in the search result, click on it. This will open the Optimize Drives app in Windows 10, which is called Disk Defragmenter in the previous version of Windows.

open optimize drives tool

Step 2: In the Optimize Drives app, under Media type, you can see whether your computer’s hard drive is Solid State Drive (SSD) or Hard Disk Drive (HDD). If you have two hard drives installed in your computer, you can see which drive is SSD and which one is HDD.

check media type

Way 2: Check if your hard drive is SSD or HDD using Windows PowerShell

Step 1: Right click on the Windows icon and select Windows PowerShell (Admin) from the pop-up menu. This will open Windows PowerShell as administrator in Windows 10.

open powershell

Step 2: In the PowerShell window, enter the command: get-physicaldisk, and press Enter key. This will immediately display basic information of all the physical disks installed in your computer. The MediaType parameter tells if your hard drive is SSD or HDD.

check hard drive in powershell

Way 3: Check if your hard drive is SSD or HDD using Command Prompt

Step 1: Open Command Prompt as administrator in Windows 10.

Step 2: Enter the command: powershell “get-physicaldisk | format-table -autosize”, and then press Enter key. This will list all physical hard disks installed in your computer. The MediaType column tells if your hard drive is SSD or HDD.

show disk info with command

Tips:

Compared with HDD (the traditional hard disk drive), SSD (Solid State Disk) has a much faster read and write speed. That’s why many people choose to upgrade their hard drives to SSDs to improve the overall performance of their computers. However, HDDs are still widely used in many computers, especially desktop PCs, because they are cheaper. When you purchase a computer, the type of the hard drive is also an important parameter for choosing a computer. Therefore, it’s necessary to know how to tell or check if a hard drive is SSD or HDD.