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System.IO.IsolatedStorage Namespace

The System.IO.IsolatedStorage namespace contains types that allow the creation and use of isolated stores. With these stores, you can read and write data that less trusted code cannot access and prevent the exposure of sensitive information that can be saved elsewhere on the file system. Data is stored in compartments that are isolated by the current user and by the assembly in which the code exists. Additionally, data can be isolated by domain. Roaming profiles can be used in conjunction with isolated storage so isolated stores will travel with the user's profile. The IsolatedStorageScope enumeration indicates different types of isolation. For more information about when to use isolated storage, see the Performing Isolated Storage Tasks topic.

The System.IO.IsolatedStorage.IsolatedStorageFileClassTopic class provides most of the necessary functionality for isolated storage. Use this class to obtain, delete and manage isolated storage. System.IO.IsolatedStorage.IsolatedStorageFileStreamClassTopic handles reading and writing files to a store. This is similar to reading and writing in standard File I/O classes. For more information about I/O, see the System.IO namespace.

For examples using isolated storage, see Performing Isolated Storage Tasks.

Namespace hierarchy


Class Description
IsolatedStorage Represents the abstract base class from which all isolated storage implementations must derive.
IsolatedStorageException The exception that is thrown when an operation in isolated storage fails.
IsolatedStorageFile Represents an isolated storage area containing files and directories.
IsolatedStorageFileStream Exposes a file within isolated storage.


Interface Description
INormalizeForIsolatedStorage Enables comparisons between an isolated store and an application domain and assembly's evidence.


Enumeration Description
IsolatedStorageScope Enumerates the levels of isolated storage scope that are supported by IsolatedStorage.

See Also

.NET Framework Class Library