ScsiPortGetPhysicalAddress routine

The ScsiPortGetPhysicalAddress routine converts a given virtual address range to a physical address range for a DMA operation.

Note  The SCSI port driver and SCSI miniport driver models may be altered or unavailable in the future. Instead, we recommend using the Storport driver and Storport miniport driver models.


SCSI_PHYSICAL_ADDRESS ScsiPortGetPhysicalAddress(
  _In_  PVOID               HwDeviceExtension,
  _In_  PVOID               VirtualAddress,
  _Out_ ULONG               *Length


HwDeviceExtension [in]

Pointer to the hardware device extension. This is a per-HBA storage area that the port driver allocates and initializes on behalf of the miniport driver. Miniport drivers usually store HBA-specific information in this extension, such as the state of the HBA and the HBA's mapped access ranges. This area is available to the miniport driver in the DeviceExtension->HwDeviceExtension member of the HBA's device object immediately after the miniport driver calls ScsiPortInitialize. The port driver frees this memory when it removes the device.

Srb [in]

Pointer to the SCSI request block if the VirtualAddress to be converted comes from that SRB's DataBuffer member or, possibly, from the SenseInfoBuffer. Otherwise, this parameter must be NULL.

VirtualAddress [in]

Pointer to the base virtual address to be converted. If this virtual address falls within the range for an SRB-supplied DataBuffer, the caller also must provide the Srb pointer.

Length [out]

Returns the number of bytes mapped, starting at the returned physical address.

Return value

ScsiPortGetPhysicalAddress returns the corresponding physical address for a given VirtualAddress. If the given address cannot be converted, it returns NULL.


Miniport drivers of bus-master HBAs call ScsiPortGetPhysicalAddress to get mapped physical address ranges to be used during DMA operations. For example, ScsiPortGetPhysicalAddress can be used to build a scatter/gather list for data transfers that span pages. Note that the Length returned can be greater than the size of the DataBuffer in a given SRB.

If a non-NULLSrb is passed, the VirtualAddress either must be within the range of the DataBuffer of the SRB or must be a pointer from the SenseInfoBuffer. Otherwise, the given VirtualAddress must be in the miniport driver's uncached extension, the SrbExtension, or the SenseInfoBuffer.

A miniport driver can call ScsiPortGetPhysicalAddress to translate an extension address only if that miniport driver's DriverEntry routine set NeedPhysicalAddresses to TRUE in the HW_INITIALIZATION_DATA when it called ScsiPortInitialize.

Due to constraints on some buses, such as ISA, the address returned by this routine is not guaranteed to match the address returned by an analogous outside routine (such as MmGetPhysicalAddress). A miniport driver should call only ScsiPortXxx routines to be portable.


Target platform



Srb.h (include Miniport.h or Scsi.h)



See also

DriverEntry of SCSI Miniport Driver



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