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Determining if there is a disk/diskette/CD in a removable-disk drive (Views: 100)


Problem/Question/Abstract:

How can I know if there is a CD in the CD drive?

Answer:

The trick is done by calling the API GetDiskFreeSpace and returning its return value as a boolean. The following function takes the drive letter as a parameter (for example 'A', 'D', etc.) and returns True if there is a disk in the drive, or False if not.

var
  DrivePath: array[0..3] of char = 'A:\';

function IsDiskIn(drive: char): boolean;
var
  d1, d2, d3, d4: longword;
begin
  DrivePath[0] := drive;
  Result := GetDiskFreeSpace(DrivePath, d1, d2, d3, d4);
end;

In the implementation we use an initialized null-terminated string (DrivePath) that contains the root directory of drive A: and we substitute the drive letter with the one passed as parameter before calling GetDiskFreeSpace.

Sample call

procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
begin
  if not IsDiskIn('A') then
    ShowMessage('Drive A: Not Ready');
end;

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