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detecting write protected media

Posted on 2001-08-02
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Hi.
I need to detect whether media in floppy or MO disk is write-protected or not.
I've tried to determine it by opening device "\\.\A:" with GENERIC_WRITE access permission, but it succeeds even if the media is write protected.
Any ideas ?
Thank you in advance.
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by:DragonSlayer
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I suppose you could try creating a file in it and see if it works:

HANDLE hTempFile;

GetTempFileName("A:\\", // dir. for temp. files
  "NEW",                // temp. filename prefix
  0,                    // create unique name
  szTempName);          // buffer for name

hTempFile = CreateFile((LPTSTR) szTempName,  // filename
  GENERIC_READ | GENERIC_WRITE, // open for read-write
  0,                            // do not share
  NULL,                         // no security
  CREATE_ALWAYS,                // overwrite existing file
  FILE_ATTRIBUTE_NORMAL,        // normal file
  NULL);                        // no attr. template

if (hTempFile == INVALID_HANDLE_VALUE) {
  printf("Read-only");
}


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by:sisadmin
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Hi.
I suppose this will work fine for floppy, but this might be wrong on MO disk, that is NTFS formatted and can have protected folders and so on.
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I think you forgot this question. I will ask Community Support to close it unless you finalize it within 7 days. Unless there is objection or further activity,  I will suggest to refund the points and delete this question since nobody had a satisfying answer for you.

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