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A while back I bought 3 identical hard drives to create a RAID. After lots of trouble I decided to let go of my geeky dream and just use the without RAID.

Now one of the hard drives is faulty and is not recognized by Windows. I would like to disconnect it, but I don't know which of the three is the problematic one. Of course I could always run a trial and error, but just for the sake of knowledge I was wondering...

Is there a way to know the serial number (not model number) of a hard drive win Windows?

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Easiest Way:

Like Jason404 I could of sworn you could do this in Device Manager or System Information, but I can't find it anywhere.

I would say a tool I like using is Speccy.

One click and you can easily find out the information! alt text

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Just as a note you might want to edit your link - clicking on it automatically starts downloading a file; not everyone likes to be linked to an automatic download. I agree that the program is useful and piriform generally writes great software. –  Michael Nov 3 '10 at 18:27
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I suppose some information utility should do the trick. Like this:

http://www.soft.tahionic.com/download-hdd_id/index.html

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I cannot find any way of doing this within Windows, although I thought you could in Device Manager. An easy way would be to use some SMART monitoring software. CrystalDiskInfo is a good one, which needs no installation.

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