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Hello to all.
Given a finalized cd/dvd media containing data, I need to retrieve the
date when media was burned ( or finalized in the case of a multisession disk ).
I thought it would be (pretty) trivial, but after a lot of googling I don't
think so anymore :-(.
Neither System.IO.DriveInfo nor WMI will give this information (AFAIK).
Nero Info Tool gives this information, but I would avoid using it since
it may not be installed on the client machine.
Is there a way to do that in C# ?
I am using C# Express 2010 .
Any hint will be much appreciated .
Thank you in advance .
Posted 19-Jan-13 23:04pm

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Solution 1

It is part of the disk file system specification. I am not wondering, that Nero is capable of reading it :)
Appendix A, Table 14, Page II Primary Volume Descriptor / Volume Creation Date and Time

You might find interesting source her:[^]
jack_griffin 20-Jan-13 7:07am
So I need to use an external library . Fair enough : I'll study it .
Much obliged for the prompt answer and the links !
Zoltán Zörgő 20-Jan-13 8:22am
You are welcome. Actually I suggest you google a little bit further using these keywords. Might happen to find a more direct implementation - or guidance to do it yourself. You actually need to read several bytes from the disk, but with some lower level api, I suppose.
This might be interesting too:
jack_griffin 20-Jan-13 9:17am
I will do that, but searching for libraries this time. I googled enough to know that there is not a direct way to do what I am after.
I rarely ask questions directly and did it as a last resort. Usually, a little research on the web gives you a solution or at least some good hints with no need to ask .
And there is a LOT of C# stuff on the web.
It's funny that I did not find anybody asking for the same thing.I guessed that retrieving such data is a pretty common situation.
Zoltán Zörgő 20-Jan-13 9:24am
I understand. As I see, only a handful geeks are interested in finding the media creation date :) Good luck!

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