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January 31, 2010 9:10:37 PM

Hi. This may sound like a strange question - how do you identify which disk is which in your system? I you have only one or two disks, this is obviously pretty trivial. I'm in the process of reconfiguring my systems (new MOBO and disks in one system) and moving current MOBO and some disks to another system. So...

If I look at "Disk Management" (Win7) or open an Explorer browser, I can see the logical disks including their logical names. But NOT their physical identifiers, including the disk manufacturer and model number. OTOH, if I look in "Device Manager", I can see the physical information, but not the logical drive manager.

Is there any convenient way of showing the logical disk information and it's associated physical information?

Thanks,

Dan.
January 31, 2010 9:45:14 PM

to see the physical info about the disk in disk management right click on the disk0, disk1 etc in front of the partitions. Then select properties, this will bring up the properties page for the respective physical disk.
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February 1, 2010 12:48:52 AM

Nitrogen,

All that does is bring up a list of the logical properties. When you select the "Hardware" tab, all it does is to list ALL of the disk drives and NOT the drive that you selected. How does this provide a logical to physical mapping?

Dan.
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February 1, 2010 1:03:41 AM

sorry if i was not clear enough the grey part to the left of the partition information in disk management is the area in which you need to be right clicking. I am including link to some screen shot which should help.

http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/1pev9r5FbZAn9PGVQc...

http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/jZ8OpqPaDBHzjZrxqX...

http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/SfJtnTf2p7ty1piDH2...

the first is the location you should be clicking on, the second is the menu that has the properties of the physical disk, the third is the properties window of the physical disk
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February 1, 2010 1:24:54 AM

Nitrogen,

When I select a logical disk right-click on logical disk in Disk Management, all I get is the Logical Disk popup:
http://www.photoshop.com/accounts/db2abd386e784b0f889c3...

I tried this on my home workstation (Win XP) and my office workstation Win 7 workstation. Both give me the same logical popup.

How are you getting the physical properties?

Thanks,

Dan.
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February 1, 2010 1:35:34 AM

http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Wk10f5ULxvfx61mZMG...

Did you right click at A or B, the disk management tool is not the most user friendly windows tool to use
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February 1, 2010 1:46:50 AM

NITROGEnarcosis said:
http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Wk10f5ULxvfx61mZMG...

Did you right click at A or B, the disk management tool is not the most user friendly windows tool to use

Nitrogen,

Yes, I was right-clicking in the partition information. I've been using Windows OS's for almost 20 years and Disk Management for as long as it's been available. I never once right-clicked in the gray area.

Thank you very much! You've reduced my need for ulcer medicine by at least 27.3%!!! :) 

Regards,

Dan.
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February 1, 2010 1:49:35 AM

glad I could help, and i guess i got my hopes up too much that win 7 would have a better disk manager but such is life
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February 1, 2010 1:51:44 AM

NITROGEnarcosis said:
glad I could help, and i guess i got my hopes up too much that win 7 would have a better disk manager but such is life

I love Win 7, but disk management (and the hardware side of things) still needs much work. Oh, well.

Thanks again,

Dan.
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February 1, 2010 1:51:58 AM

Best answer selected by dan_public.
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