If you have bought a mid to high-end PC in the past two years, the chances are that your PC uses SSD(s) for storage. Unlike before, many new PCs are shipping with NVMe SSDs.
As you likely know by now, NVMe SSDs are faster when compared to SATA SSDs. For example, the popular Samsung 970 Evo Plus SSD (NVMe) offers read/write speeds up to 3500/3300 MB/s respectively, compared to the Samsung 860 Evo (SATA), which offers read/write speeds up to 550/520 MB/s respectively.
Because of the vast speed difference between SATA and NVMe SSDs, a user who has bought a new PC in the last few years might want to know if the SSD in his/her PC is SATA or NVMe. Luckily, figuring out the type of SSD in your PC is easy. You do not need third-party software for this simple task.
Following are the four easy ways to check if your PC’s SSD is NVMe or SATA.
Solution 1 of 4
Check if your PC has NVMe SSD via Disk Management
Step 1: Right-click on the Start button on the taskbar and click the Disk Management option to open the same.
Step 2: In the Disk Management window, right-click on the SSD name (refer to the image) and then click Properties. Do not right-click on the partitions. You need to right-click on the SSD name, which shows up on the extreme left, as shown in the picture below.
Step 3: Once the Properties dialog is up, switch to the Details tab.
Step 4: Here, in the Property drop-down box, select Hardware IDs. If your SSD type is NVMe, you will see NVMe mentioned in the Value fields. If not, you will see SATA there.
Solution 2 of 4
Check if your PC has NVMe SSD via Settings
NOTE: This feature is currently available only for Windows Insiders.
Step 1: Open the Settings app. Go to System > Storage page.
Step 2: In the More storage settings section, look for a link named Manage Disks and Volumes, and click on it.
Step 3: On the resulting page, right-click on one of the drives to reveal the hidden Properties button. Click on the Same.
Step 4: The page displays full information about the selected SSD, including the Bus type. If the Bus type is NVMe, the same will show up in the Bus type field. If not, you will get SATA here.
Solution 3 of 4
Another way to check if the SSD is NVMe in Windows 10
Step 1: Perform a right-click on an empty space on the taskbar and then click Task Manager to open the same.
Step 2: If you get the Task Manager with fewer details, click on the More details button to see the full version.
Step 3: In the Performance tab, click on the Disk to see the SSD model number. As you can see in the picture, my ThinkPad T480 came with INTEL SSDPEKKF512G8L NVMe SSD.
Step 4: Now, perform a web search using the model number as the keyword to know if it is an NVMe or SATA SSD. We recommend you visit the manufacturer’s website to get accurate information.
Solution 4 of 4
Check if SSD is SATA or NVMe using a third-party tool
There are plenty of tools out there to give you detailed information about your PC’s hardware, including SSD type. One of the popular ones is SSD-Z. Here is how to use the SSD-Z (free) to check if your SSD is SATA or NVMe.
Step 1: Download SSD-Z from this official page, extract the ZIP file and then run the SSD-Z.exe file.
Step 2: The Device tab displays all vital information about your SSD. The Interface field shows either NVMe or SATA, depending on the type of SSD you have.