Tim Van Wassenhove

Passionate geek, interested in Technology. Proud father of two

18 Dec 2006

Looking up the MediaType of a given Logical Drive

Earlier today i saw someone asking how he could find out the MediaType of a given logical drive. The easy solution would be to iterate over DriveInfo.GetDrives and pick the one you are looking for… Anyway, i thought it would be nice to experiment with WMI so i wrote a little function that uses Win32_LogicalDisk to look the MediaType up

static void Main(string[] args)
	char[] driveLetters = new char[] { 'a', 'c', 'd', 'e' };
	foreach (char driveLetter in driveLetters)
			Console.WriteLine("Drive {0} is a {1}", driveLetter, GetMediaType(driveLetter));
		catch (ManagementException)
			Console.WriteLine("Drive {0} was not found", driveLetter);

	Console.WriteLine("Press any key to continue...");

static string GetMediaType(char driveLetter)
	ManagementObject disk = new ManagementObject("win32_logicaldisk.deviceid=\"" + driveLetter + ":\"");
	return GetMediaMeaning((uint)disk["MediaType"]);

static string GetMediaMeaning(uint mediaType)
	Dictionary<uint, string> mediaTypes = new Dictionary<uint, string>();
	mediaTypes.Add(0, "Unknown Format");
	mediaTypes.Add(1, "51/4-Inch Floppy Disk -- 1.2Mb -- 512bytes/sector");
	mediaTypes.Add(2, "31/2-Inch Floppy Disk -- 1.44Mb -512bytes/sector");
	mediaTypes.Add(3, "31/2-Inch Floppy Disk -- 2.88Mb -- 512bytes/sector");
	mediaTypes.Add(4, "31/2-Inch Floppy Disk -- 20.8Mb -- 512bytes/sector");
	mediaTypes.Add(5, "31/2-Inch Floppy Disk -- 720Kb -- 512bytes/sector");
	mediaTypes.Add(6, "51/4-Inch Floppy Disk -- 360Kb -- 512bytes/sector");
	mediaTypes.Add(7, "51/4-Inch Floppy Disk -- 320Kb -- 512bytes/sector");
	mediaTypes.Add(8, "51/4-Inch Floppy Disk -- 320Kb -- 1024bytes/sector");
	mediaTypes.Add(9, "51/4-Inch Floppy Disk -- 180Kb -- 512bytes/sector");
	mediaTypes.Add(10, "51/4-Inch Floppy Disk -- 160Kb -- 512bytes/sector");
	mediaTypes.Add(11, "Removable media other than floppy");
	mediaTypes.Add(12, "Fixed hard disk media");
	mediaTypes.Add(13, "31/2-Inch Floppy Disk -- 120Mb -- 512bytes/sector");
	mediaTypes.Add(14, "31/2-Inch Floppy Disk -- 640Kb -- 512bytes/sector");
	mediaTypes.Add(15, "51/4-Inch Floppy Disk -- 640Kb -- 512bytes/sector");
	mediaTypes.Add(16, "51/4-Inch Floppy Disk -- 720Kb -- 512bytes/sector");
	mediaTypes.Add(17, "31/2-Inch Floppy Disk -- 1.2Mb -- 512bytes/sector");
	mediaTypes.Add(18, "31/2-Inch Floppy Disk -- 1.23Mb -- 1024bytes/sector");
	mediaTypes.Add(19, "51/4-Inch Floppy Disk -- 1.23Mb -- 1024bytes/sector");
	mediaTypes.Add(20, "31/2-Inch Floppy Disk -- 128Mb -- 512bytes/sector");
	mediaTypes.Add(21, "31/2-Inch Floppy Disk -- 230Mb -- 512bytes/sector");
	mediaTypes.Add(22, "8-Inch Floppy Disk -- 256Kb -- 128bytes/sector");

	string meaning = "Unknown format";
	mediaTypes.TryGetValue(mediaType, out meaning);
	return meaning;