What is the hard disk serial number and how to check it?
A hard disk will be assigned with a new disk serial number whenever you format a hard drive. This serial number is used by software programs installed on the computer to identify the disk driver and prevent multiple activations of the same software on other computers.
You can do a quick check for the serial number and other basic information on your hard disk:
Step 1. Open the Start menu and search for Command Prompt.
Step 2. Launch Command Prompt and type the following command and press Enter:
wmic diskdrive get model,serialnumber
Once you complete the steps, the command will return the manufacturer, model, serial number, and size (bytes), including removable drives.
When need to use Hard Disk Serial Number Changer?
If you replace your old hard drive with a new one, a different serial number may create with software association. So, to avoid software association issues, you can change the new drive’s serial number to match your old hard drive.
However, the serial number is created during the format. That means you have to reformat the hard drive to change its serial number. And formatting will delete everything on the disk. Then, you can use "Hard Disk Serial Number Changer", a program that allows you to change the hard disk serial number without reformatting it.
Hard Disk Serial Number Changer unable to write to disk device
The name (Hard Disk Serial Number Changer) may be a bit misleading. It doesn’t actually change the hard disk serial number but the volume serial number. Below is how to use this program to change disk volume serial number (Volume ID).
Step 2. Right-click at HardDiskSerialNumberChanger.exe and select “Run as Administrator”.
Step 3. Click “Yes” on the UAC (User Account Control) warning message window.
Step 4. Choose the disk volume you want to change, type the new serial number (XXXX-XXXX), and press “Change”.
Step 5. Click “Yes” and reboot your computer.
From the above, we can see the process is quite straightforward, but sometimes you might receive an error message saying “unable to write to disk device”.
How to solve this problem easily?
To solve this problem, you need to ensure that you have launched this program as an administrator. Besides, some users also reported the following two disadvantages of Hard Disk Serial Number Changer:
1. It does not work on Windows 8 and Windows 10.
2. It works on most hard drives with FAT/FAT32/NTFS format but unfortunately, it won't work on the new exFAT format volume.
Therefore, you can also check whether you have used this program to change the volume serial number in Windows 10 or Windows 8, or if you are trying to change the serial number of the exFAT drive.
Alternative to Hard Disk Serial Number Changer
Since the Hard Disk Serial Number changer does not work or pops out “unable to write to this disk in drive” in some cases, many users are searching for a Hard Disk Serial Number Changer to change hard drive serial number more easily. If you are one of them, we recommend you use the versatile partition manager: AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional.
This software is more compatible than Hard Disk Serial Number, and it supports 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 11/10/8/7 and Windows XP/Vista. More importantly, it can change FAT32, NTFS, and exFAT volume serial number without reformatting the hard drive again.
Step 1. Install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional on your Windows Computer. Right-click the target volume and select “Advanced” > “Change Serial Number”.
Step 2. In the pop-out small window, you can input a set of a new serial number for the selected partition, and click “OK”.
Step 3. Then, click “Apply” and “Proceed” to commit the pending operation.
See? Within simple 3 steps, you can change hard disk volume serial number without any hassle.
In this article, we have discussed how to solve “Hard Disk Serial Number Changer unable to write to this disk in drive”, and shared a great Hard Disk Serial Number Changer alternative.
What’s more, AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional comes with other functions to help manage your hard disk better and more conveniently. For example, it can clone the system disk to SSD with secure boot, convert a disk to MBR or GPT partition style without deleting partitions, and extend the NTFS system drive without rebooting the PC. If you are running Windows Server operating system, please try AOMEI Partition Assistant Server.