System Find All Dev Drives in Windows 11

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This tutorial will show you how to get a list of all currently mounted Dev Drives in Windows 11.

Dev Drive is a new form of storage volume available to improve performance for key developer workloads. Dev Drive is built upon Resilient File System (ReFS) technology and includes file system optimizations and features that provide more control over storage volume settings and security, including trust designation, antivirus configuration, and administrative control over what filters are attached. It has been designed to meet a developer’s needs to host project source code, working folders, and package caches. It is not designed for general consumer workloads such as document libraries, installing packaged applications or non-developer tools.

By default, to give the best possible performance, creating a Dev Drive automatically grants trust in the new volume. A trusted Dev Drive volume causes real-time protection to run in a special asynchronousperformance mode” for that volume. Running performance mode provides a balance between threat protection and performance. The balance is achieved by deferring security scans until after the open file operation has completed, instead of performing the security scan synchronously while the file operation is being processed. This mode of performing security scans inherently provides faster performance, but with less protection. However, enabling performance mode provides significantly better protection than other performance tuning methods such as using folder exclusions, which block security scans altogether.

When you create a Dev Drive, a new virtual hard disk (VHD/VHDX) file gets created and mounted as a drive in File Explorer > This PC. You can always see a list of all currently mounted dev drives. If you unmount a dev drive, the dev drive will no longer appear on the list until you mount the dev drive's VHD/VHDX file again.

Here's How:

1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on System on the left side, and click/tap on For developers on the right side. (see screenshot below)


3 Under Dev Drive, you will see a list of all detected mounted dev drives. You can click on a listed dev drive to see more details about it. (see screenshots below)


That's it,
Shawn Brink



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