Solid State Drives or SSDs are pretty common these days. SSDs are fast and quite reliable as well. Most of the mid to high-end PCs these days use SATA or NVMe SSDs rather than the traditional HDDs for storage.
If you recently bought a new PC but are not sure if it has a Solid State Drive, you can easily check if your PC has SSD without opening the manual or disassembling your computer.
Following are the four easy ways to know if your Windows 10/11 computer has SSD.
In addition to these methods, there are dozens of third-party utilities out there like CPU-Z and Speccy to determine the type of storage being used on your computer. These third-party utilities can also provide you with advanced information about your computer that you might not be able to find otherwise.
Method 1 of 4
Use Task Manager to check if your PC has SSD
Step 1: Open the Task Manager either by using Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys or right-clicking on the taskbar and then clicking the Task Manager option (for Windows 10). Check out our 11 ways out open the Task Manager in Windows 10 guide to know more ways. If you are on Windows 11, either use search or Ctrl + Shift + Esc hotkey to open the Task Manager.
Step 2: Switch to the full mode (click More details) if it opens in small view.
Step 3: Under the Performance tab, click on the disk on the left side to know the actual name of the drive on the right side. The name usually indicates the type of the drive (SSD or HDD).
If your PC has more than one internal drive, you will have to click on all of them (on the left side) one after another to know their properties.
As you can see in the picture below, my PC has two drives, and both of them are SSDs. The tab also displays the manufacturer’s name and model number of the SSD as well.
Method 2 of 4
Check if your PC has SSD via Disk Management
Step 1: Right-click on the Start button on the taskbar and then click the Disk Management option to open its window.
Step 2: On the left side (as shown in the picture below) of the window, you can see all internal and external drives currently connected to your PC. To know if a drive is HDD or SSD, right-click on it and then click Properties.
Step 3: The General tab displays the actual name of the drive which usually indicates what kind of drive (SSD or HDD) it is.
Method 3 of 4
Check if your PC has SSD using File Explorer
Step 1: Open the File Explorer and navigate to This PC.
Step 2: Right-click on a partition drive and then click Properties to open its properties dialog. Note that if you have more than one physical drive, you need to make sure that you are right-clicking on a drive that belongs to the physical drive that you want to know whether it’s SSD or HDD.
Step 3: Under the Hardware tab, you can see if your PC has SSD or HDD.
If your PC has more than one drive, the Hardware tab lists all drives and highlights only the physical drive where your currently selected partition drive is located.
Method 4 of 4
Check your PC has SSD via Device Manager
Step 1: Open the Device Manager by right-clicking on the Start button on the taskbar and then clicking on the Device Manager option.
Step 2: In the Device Manager window, expand the Disk drives tree to see the name of the drive which also includes the type of the drive (SSD or HDD).
Hope you find this guide helpful!
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