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How to List Drives in Command Prompt and PowerShell

Do you know how to list drives in Command Prompt and PowerShell and how to get information about all your drives? If not, this article will walk you through the detailed steps on CMD list drives and PowerShell list drives.

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Do you want to learn how to list drives in Command Prompt (CMD) and PowerShell? This guide from EaseUS covers two methods: using Command Prompt (cmd) and PowerShell, Windows' built-in command-line tools.

Command Prompt and PowerShell are powerful interfaces in Windows. While the Command Prompt has long been used for executing commands, PowerShell offers advanced capabilities. Both tools let users interact with the system through text-based commands, making tasks efficient.

It's important to exercise caution when working on the command line. Typos or incorrect commands can lead to unintended consequences. If you're unsure about a command, research it further before proceeding. And always back up critical data before making system changes.

CMD List Drives

When it comes to listing drives using Command Prompt (CMD), you have two main methods: Diskpart and WMIC. Let's learn how to list drives via CMD.

#1. Diskpart

Diskpart is a powerful command-line utility specifically designed for managing disk drives and partitions. Here's how to list your drives using Diskpart:

Step 1. Open Command Prompt, just type CMD in the Windows search box and click on it to open it.


Step 2. In the Command Prompt, type the following commands one by one and press "Enter" after each one.

list disk
select disk X (Replace "X" with the disk number)
list volume/list partition


Now, you can see a list of drives on the disk, including partition/volume number, label, letter, file system, size, and status. After list drives via Diskpart, you can use this utility to perform more operations:

#2. WMIC

The WMIC (Windows Management Instrumentation for Management) is another versatile tool that allows you to query various system components, including disk drives. Here's how to list your drives using WMIC:

Step 1. Open Command Prompt, type one of the following commands and press the "Enter" button.

wmic logicaldisk get name
wmic logicaldisk get caption


Step 2. If you want to see the Device ID and volume name, enter the following command and press "Enter." Alternatively, you can use the fsutil fsinfo drives command to list drives on your computer.

wmic logicaldisk get deviceid, volumename, description


PowerShell List Drives

Let's shift gears and see how PowerShell, another powerful command-line tool, works to list drives. PowerShell offers a more modern and object-oriented approach to system administration than CMD. Here's how to list your drives using PowerShell:

Step 1. Search PowerShell in the Windows search box and click on it to open it.


Step 2. Type the following command and press the "Enter" button.

get-psdrive -psprovider filesystem


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This guide explored two methods for listing drives in Windows: the tried-and-true Command Prompt (CMD) with its diskpart and WMIC utilities and the more modern PowerShell. While both offer powerful tools, navigating cryptic commands can be a barrier for some users.

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List Drives in Command Prompt and PowerShell FAQs

Have questions about how to list drives in Command Prompt and PowerShell? Follow these FAQs.

1. How to get a list of all drives in CMD?

There are two main methods for listing all drives in CMD:

  • Using diskpart: This utility offers a comprehensive view, including details like disk size and partition style. Follow the steps outlined in the previous section on "CMD List Drives" to utilize diskpart for listing drives.
  • Using WMIC: This versatile tool provides information about logical disks (partitions with drive letters). The commands wmic logicaldisk get name or wmic logicaldisk get caption will display a list of drive letters associated with your partitions.

2. How to get disk info from CMD?

You can get disk info from CMD via diskpart:

  • Open Command Prompt, type the following commands one by one and press "Enter" after each one.
  • diskpart
  • list disk
  • select disk (Type the disk number)
  • list volume/list partition

3. Are PowerShell and CMD the same?

No. CMD is a classic text-based command prompt, while PowerShell is a newer, more object-oriented tool for system administration.

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