How do I know what type of storage unit I have and what technology it uses


Many users do not know what type of storage unit they have on their PC. If you ask someone with a modicum of knowledge, they might be able to explain to you that they have an SSD, but will not be able to specify whether said SSD is of the PCIE NVMe or SATA typenot to mention the standard it uses.

For more advanced users, this may not be a problem, but I’ve come across more than one instance where I assumed the person in front of me was fully aware of the type of storage drive they had on their PC. , and in the end I ended up realizing it wasn’t like that, which made me realize that even some users with enough knowledge also have doubts in this regard.

For everything that I have just explained to you, I have decided to give shape to this practical, where we are going to discover how to know what type of storage unit we have installed in our computer, and what technology does it use. This is important because, as some of our readers may already know, having a PCIE SSD is not the same as having a SATA SSD, and having a 7200 RPM hard drive is not the same as having a 5400 RPM hard drive.

How to know everything about my storage box

The easiest, fastest and most effective way is to download Crystal Disc Information, a completely free application that will allow us to individually see all the storage units that we have installed, their specifications, the technology on which they are based and also the state in which they are. To download it, just follow this link.

Once we have installed it, we click on it and what we see in the image will appear. It is however very easy to understand. I left you a description with the most important keys of each picture so that you have it clearer. With this application we can identify the type of storage unit that we have, but we will not only know if it is a hard disk or an SSD, we will also be able to see its rotation speed, if it’s a hard drive, what standard it uses, how much use it has behind it, both in hours and gigabytes written, and what state it’s in.

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Regarding drive health, keep in mind that any storage drive degrades over time, as well as write cycles, so thIt is normal for a few years old SSD to be below 100%. In the end, it is an indicator that should serve as a reference, but it is not an absolute value in terms of reliability, so it is always advisable to keep our backup copies safe.

How do I know what type of storage unit I have and what technology does it use?

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If you want to check the performance of your silent storage unit, it’s very simple. In the same link that we leave you to get CrystalDisk Info you can find the tool Mark of the Crystal Discwith which you can make a performance analysis of the unit you want by simply pressing the “All” button.

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What you see in the attached image is an example of a performance test performed with this tool. Hard drives will score the lowest and PCIE Gen4 x4 SSDs will score the highest because they are the fastest today. The difference between the two can be very large in the raw values, although in practice, even the slowest SSD is capable of offering a huge improvement over any HDDso keep that in mind if you are considering buying one.

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