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What kinds of devices appear under the \.\PHYSICALDRIVEx path on Windows?

As far as I know only the built in hard drives are there. But cannot find the source I read it from - I may be wrong.


Ok, changed the title, because it was a bit misleading. I'm not looking for the way to list them, but I want to know which kinds of devices Windows assigns device names like this to.

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WMI - Win32_DiskDrive class

The Win32_DiskDrive WMI class represents a physical disk drive as seen by a computer running the Windows operating system. Any interface to a Windows physical disk drive is a descendent (or member) of this class. The features of the disk drive seen through this object correspond to the logical and management characteristics of the drive. In some cases, this may not reflect the actual physical characteristics of the device. Any object based on another logical device would not be a member of this class.


PS > Get-Wmiobject Win32_Diskdrive

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Updated the question. So all these 3 devices are built in disk drives (or appear like that for Windows)? – Calmarius Sep 2 '13 at 19:49
yes, all three are builtin on my laptop, one hdd and 2 readers – Logman Sep 2 '13 at 21:00

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