FileSystem.GetDriveInfo Method (String)


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Returns a DriveInfo object for the specified drive.

Namespace:   Microsoft.VisualBasic.FileIO
Assembly:  Microsoft.VisualBasic (in Microsoft.VisualBasic.dll)

public static DriveInfo GetDriveInfo(
	string drive


Type: System.String

Drive to be examined.

Return Value

Type: System.IO.DriveInfo

DriveInfo object for the specified drive.

Exception Condition

The path is not valid for one of the following reasons: it is a zero-length string; it contains only white space; it contains invalid characters; or it is a device path (starts with \\.\).


drive is Nothing or an empty string.


The path exceeds the system-defined maximum length.


The user lacks necessary permissions to view the path

The DriveInfo class models a drive and provides methods and properties to query for drive information. Use DriveInfo to determine what drives are available, and what type of drives they are. You can also query the property to determine the capacity and available free space on the drive.

This example obtains a DriveInfo object for the C drive and uses it to display information about the drive.

Dim getInfo = My.Computer.FileSystem.GetDriveInfo("C:\")
MsgBox("The drive's type is " & getInfo.DriveType)
MsgBox("The drive has " & getInfo.TotalFreeSpace & " bytes free.")

For information on the different drive types, see DriveType.


Controls the ability to access files and folders. Associated enumeration: Unrestricted.

.NET Framework
Available since 2.0
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