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How to check if I have an SSD or HDD?

by Magma24 / July 17, 2013 1:10 PM PDT

Hello everyone,

I have an HP G62 laptop running windows 7 Home Premium, I want to know if there is a reliable way to check if I have a SSD or HDD without having to open the laptop itself to see what's inside it?

I have tried searching the web for such a method but I didn't find one that assures me what type of hard disk I have.

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I could use device manager.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 18, 2013 12:53 AM PDT

For years it has reported the drive details that I can do more research for it's make and model.

The G62 I see came with a standard HDD. However since I owned one and it has a flawed BIOS I strongly suggest you forget any SSD upgrade.

And take my advice about trying to get HP to correct that flaw. HP had me on the phone for 8 hours as they had me let them control the laptop and finally they took it back to their service center for the last time. It was returned in far worse shape, locking up in minutes.

Further calls were rebuffed with "We've done all we can".

It was my last HP. And to add the last detail. The laptop was 3 months old.

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Look at...
by Willy / July 18, 2013 1:54 AM PDT

Goto the control panel->system-> and find the "device manager", click on it to give a listing of all devices present. It should list the storage media, as in "model WD" You then check to see what that model# refers to by googling the exact model# provided. Once done it explains the specs of that storage device.

HP website support should offer what the basics of a build are when you check that G62 maybe even the full build of your laptop as in S/N#(maybe).

tada -----Willy Happy

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Think its HDD
by Magma24 / July 21, 2013 12:53 PM PDT
In reply to: Look at...

Ok the model I have has a capacity of 285 GB and is wdc wd3200bekt-60v5t1. Looking through google's results the specifications for this hard drive (for the 320-600 GB one, couldn't find one with 285GB capacity) list a rotation speed so I assume it must be HDD and not an SSD right?

@kuberkoos: Yeah I actually do hear those things when it starts up, how different would it be with a SSD?

I was wanting to know whether it was HDD or not because I wanted to defragment my hard drive and I learned this increases wear and tear on SSDs and so I wanted to be sure.

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TRIM cmd.
by Willy / July 22, 2013 3:28 AM PDT
In reply to: Think its HDD

In Vista and latter OSes, this takes care of any SDD based PCs. Otherwise, some s/w may come with your new SDD, review what you get. The TRIM cmd. in effect allows better usage of R/W's across the SDD storage media so it doesn't get hosed due to repeated R/W's to media storage space. No moving parts and is faster in general and can be treated like any other storage media once setup.

tada -----Willy Happy

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Re:How to check if I have an SSD or HDD?
by kuberkoos / July 18, 2013 4:02 PM PDT

I was going to say that you have to hold it close to your ear (The good one!), and on starting up you will hear a slight whooosh - that is the cooling fan- and if it contains a HDD, you will also hear a whining sound increasing in pitch.
But looking at the other responses to this question, I realize that my method might not be very scientific.

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Actually it is.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 19, 2013 2:38 AM PDT

And don't go to the Moon without a hammer.

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by pgc3 / July 19, 2013 5:09 AM PDT

The HP G62 came with a 320 GB is not an SSD, it is a standard 5,400 spin unit...unless you changed it.

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