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_getdrive 

Gets the current disk drive.


int _getdrive( void );

Returns the current (default) drive (1=A, 2=B, and so on). There is no error return.

Routine Required header Compatibility

_getdrive

<direct.h>

Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003

For more compatibility information, see Compatibility in the Introduction.

// crt_getdrive.c
// compile with: /c
// Illustrates drive functions including:
//    _getdrive       _chdrive        _getdcwd
//

#include <stdio.h>
#include <direct.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <ctype.h>

int main( void )
{
   int ch, drive, curdrive;
   static char path[_MAX_PATH];

   // Save current drive.
   curdrive = _getdrive();

   printf( "Available drives are:\n" );

   // If we can switch to the drive, it exists.
   for( drive = 1; drive <= 26; drive++ )
   {
      if( !_chdrive( drive ) )
      {
         printf( "%c:", drive + 'A' - 1 );
         if( _getdcwd( drive, path, _MAX_PATH ) != NULL )
            printf( " (Current directory is %s)", path );
         putchar( '\n' );
      }
   }

   // Restore original drive.
   _chdrive( curdrive );
}

Sample Output

Available drives are:
A: (Current directory is A:\)
C: (Current directory is C:\)
E: (Current directory is E:\testdir\bin)
F: (Current directory is F:\)
G: (Current directory is G:\)

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