How can I find out what type of hard drive I have in my laptop?

Akshay Ganesh July 23, 2012
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I want to know what type of hard drive I have in my laptop so I can get a new one. I am running Windows on a Lenovo L420 (modified and distributed by my college).

How can i get this information? Is there some software that would tell me?

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  1. Kannon Y
    July 23, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Hello Akshay, I assume you seek to replace a defective hard drive. In this case, you only need a SATA hard drive, which has become the dominant hard drive technology over the past decade. The interface looks like this:

    According to the spec sheet at Lenovo, the L420 has a SATA hard drive and it's of the conventional kind, more than likely not a solid state drive (SSD). However, you may want to consider upgrading to a SSD, since conventional hard drives have risen in price because, supposedly, of the flooding in Thailand.

    I suggest reading up on SSD technology. If you want a great deal of storage, get a regular hard drive. If you want something with quite a bit more performance, get an SSD:

    • Akshay Ganesh
      July 24, 2012 at 5:17 am

      Thanks for the info!
      I did think about a SSD but i need a large capacity hard-drive.The SSD's i found were 128-260 gb max.Didnt know about thailand situation,but SSD was costlier than a normal hard drive

      • Kannon Y
        July 26, 2012 at 5:18 pm

        Glad you found it useful!

        I pretty much always advocate going with an SSD over a regular hard drive, if data integrity is a concern and if your laptop's infrastructure supports it. The reason is that laptops rank among the most stolen consumer goods and have a high rate of accident and failure. Keep in mind that SSDs are much harder to physically damage and have a lower rate of failure. Also, they have smaller maximum capacity, which encourages users to more frequently back their data up, thus preserving their precious data in the event of theft/failure, etc...

        Nowadays a good sale price on a high performance SATA3 (transfer rate of 6GB/s) SSD is 0.60-0.70 (USD) dollars per gigabyte. Higher capacity drives generally cost slightly more than lower capacity drives because of demand.

        For context, back in 2009-2010, I purchased three 500GB regular hard drives for $30.00 (USD) each, on discount. Nowadays, these same drives cost $75 each and the sales are much rarer and always involve a rebate. Also 0.15 USD per GB isn't a very good price.

        In short, if you decide to get a large hard drive, keep in mind that your data is wildly vulnerable to loss. Good luck!

  2. Shakirah Faleh Lai
    July 23, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Speccy can give you a detailed system information.

    • Daniel Tanner
      July 30, 2012 at 8:23 am

      This would be my choice as well. Along with hard drive information it has a wealth of other information about your system.

  3. ferdinan Sitohang
    July 23, 2012 at 4:18 am

    Go to "My computer -> right click -> properties-> Device Manager -> Disk Drives". It will show you the type of your hard drive

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