Last night I was running some tools on a Windows 7 laptop and needed to list the drives. I am not very familiar with MS-DOS so I had to play around to find the information I was looking for. Luckily listing the drives and then querying drive information is easy to do from DOS in Windows 7. Follow the directions below to list the Windows 7 drives from DOS.
List Windows 7 Drives Using MS-DOS:
The fsutil command can be used from the Windows 7 DOS Command Prompt to first list the available drives and then to query specific drive information. Below are examples of using fsutil to find out drive information.
Use fsutil To List Drives On Windows 7:
Syntax To List Drives From DOS On Windows 7:
C:>fsutil fsinfo drives Drives: C: D: E: F:
Use fsutil To Display Drive Type In Windows 7:
Syntax To List Drive Type From DOS On Windows 7:
C:Usersalex>fsutil fsinfo drivetype c: c: - Fixed Drive
Use fsutil To Display Volume Information In Windows 7:
Syntax To List Volume Info From DOS On Windows 7:
C:Usersalex>fsutil fsinfo volumeinfo C: Volume Name : OS Volume Serial Number : 0xb8XXXXXX Max Component Length : 255 File System Name : NTFS Supports Case-sensitive filenames Preserves Case of filenames Supports Unicode in filenames Preserves & Enforces ACL's Supports file-based Compression Supports Disk Quotas Supports Sparse files Supports Reparse Points Supports Object Identifiers Supports Encrypted File System Supports Named Streams Supports Transactions Supports Hard Links Supports Extended Attributes Supports Open By FileID Supports USN Journal
Use fsutil To List Drive NTFS Information On Windows 7:
Syntax To List NTFS Information From DOS On Windows 7:
C:Usersalex>fsutil fsinfo ntfsinfo C: NTFS Volume Serial Number : 0x00bXXXXcbXXXXXX Version : 3.1 Number Sectors : 0x000000001bf930ea Total Clusters : 0x00000000037f261d Free Clusters : 0x0000000002034233 Total Reserved : 0x00000000000007b0 Bytes Per Sector : 512 Bytes Per Cluster : 4096 Bytes Per FileRecord Segment : 1024 Clusters Per FileRecord Segment : 0 Mft Valid Data Length : 0x0000000017200000 Mft Start Lcn : 0x00000000000c0000 Mft2 Start Lcn : 0x000000000055efff Mft Zone Start : 0x0000000000eba840 Mft Zone End : 0x0000000000ec4fa0 RM Identifier: CB65E8E1-CFD9-XXXX-XXXX-XXXXXB6A7A82
As you can see fsutil is a valuable tool to use from a Windows Command Prompt or MS-DOS. It provides an easy way to list the drives available on the computer and then query each drive individually to find out more information about the drive.