Getting low-level disk info
The Windows Server 2000 Resource Kit included a command-line tool named diskpar.exe that could be used to display low-level disk info, but this tool is not included with Windows Server 2003 or later. How can you display this info if you don't have this tool?
Try the Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line (WMIC). Open a command prompt and type wmic diskdrive list and you get info like the following:
Model SAMSUNG SP0802N
and so on.
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