How to retrieve HardDisk Address

Posted on 2004-09-15
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Last Modified: 2010-04-17
i want to get the address of my hard disk attatched with my computer,
like i get the MAC Address.
Is there any way,
i would be grateful

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ITcrow earned 500 total points
ID: 12073016
Go to Command Prompt:
Start => Run => cmd

On the prompt type:

Result has your disk serial number.

Although this number is not like MAC address, it doesn't change after creating the partition and formatting a drive. This number is generated every time you format a drive. It gets calculated based on date and time and is stored on drive's boot sector.

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ID: 12073119
How to get programatically , in C++
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Expert Comment

by:Julian Hansen
ID: 12073158
Try the GetVolumeInformation API call
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ID: 12073726
can u write some code please, how to use it..
in order to get serial number.
I would be grateful..
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by:Julian Hansen
ID: 12073767
This should do it

#include <windows.h>
#include <stdio.h>

int main(int argc, char *argv[])
      char szBuffer[256] ;
      char szBuffer2[256] ;
      DWORD dwSerial, dwMax, dwFlags ;

      dwSerial = 0 ;
      GetVolumeInformation ( "C:\\", szBuffer, 256, &dwSerial, &dwMax, &dwFlags, szBuffer2, 256 ) ;

      printf ( "Serial number: %d\n", dwSerial ) ;

      return 0 ;

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i am grateful
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by:Julian Hansen
ID: 12073931
Just as a matter of interest - why did you ask for source code and then allocate points to the answer on how to get the serial number from the command line? I am very confused.

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ID: 12074393
oh sorry julian
i thought, that it was u, who answered me from beginning to end.
i am really sorry.
please forgive me. i did't see ...
really i am sorry..
these points were for u only............

please forgive me..

take care and lots of love in helping me...
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Expert Comment

by:Julian Hansen
ID: 12074438
you are forgiven ... mostly ;)


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