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Sat, Jul. 31st, 2010, 12:33 pm
How to find out serial number of an internal hard drive?

With Windows 7, is there any way to find out serial number of an internal drive without actually shutting down, pulling the drive and looking it over?

UPDATE: Thanks to all, Information for Windows gave the necessary info and I got the RMA with Western Digital.

Sat, Jul. 31st, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous)

Chris says if you go into device manager you might be able to get the serial number if the manufacturer put it in the properties. - Melody Byrne

Sat, Jul. 31st, 2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
bandicoot

This is for Vista, but it should be the same in Win 7.
Right click on the drive letter in My Computer and select Properties. Under Hardware, you should see the manufacturer and serial number for all drives with the one you selected highlighted.

Sat, Jul. 31st, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)
olegvolk

Could you post a screen shot of what I should see? I found the drive names but not the numbers.

Sat, Jul. 31st, 2010 05:53 pm (UTC)
bandicoot

I was wrong - that doesn't get you the serial number, only the model number. Follow the advice below using wmic - that'll give you full information.

Sat, Jul. 31st, 2010 05:47 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous)

Open a command prompt

wmic diskdrive get serialnumber,description,name,deviceid,model,caption

Should give you a list with enough info to match up the drive to the drive's designation elsewhere.

Sat, Jul. 31st, 2010 05:56 pm (UTC)
olegvolk

Got a list. Not 100% sure which drive is my main (have two 1GB internals). How can I figure out the make of C:? Is there any way to copy-paste from command window?

Sat, Jul. 31st, 2010 05:59 pm (UTC)
wonkodsane

Gimme a sec and I'll see if I can dig up an easy way to link the two. It is harder if you have two identical drives. Hop on facebook and I'll drop you a note there.

Sat, Jul. 31st, 2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
thebasta

Command gives you drives list with marks like "\\.\PHYSICALDRIVE0"
Then you can go to the drives manager (rightclick on Computer in Start menu - Manage - Storage), where all drives are shown with their system numbers. Usualy drive with C:\ is 0

А ещё можно зайти в BIOS Setup и посмотреть там. Современные материнские платы это умеют.

Sat, Jul. 31st, 2010 05:49 pm (UTC)
wonkodsane

Open a command prompt

wmic diskdrive get serialnumber,description,name,deviceid,model,caption

Should give you a list with enough info to match up the drive to the drive's designation elsewhere.

Didn't post with my info. (-: I'm on fbk "Scott H." if you need to walk through it.

Sat, Jul. 31st, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): IRST

If you have Intel Rapid Storage Technology installed

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=18859&lang=eng

It will show your drives by port and SN Model and firmware.

Sat, Jul. 31st, 2010 07:23 pm (UTC)
olegvolk : Re: IRST

Tried installing it, got a message "your computer doesn't meet minimum requirements for installing this". Odd.

Sat, Jul. 31st, 2010 09:24 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): Re: IRST

Odd, yes and no. I will take a guess an say that your machine came "pre-configured" from the vendor. Most of them do a terrible job of it.
Both my 7 machines are Raid 0, so they only way I can tell what the drives are is through IRST. Also both of these machines ended up with OEM copies of Windows 7 on them, because the image files packaged with them were bad.

I am going to guess again and say that in your BIOS, ACHI is not selected. If it isn't, don't do it. Will not boot correctly, because those drivers need to be installed during setup.

Sat, Jul. 31st, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): SIW

System Information for Windows. I've used this for a while. The free version should be fine.
Under Hardware/Storage devices you can click on the drive and get all sorts of info including the serial number.
http://www.gtopala.com/