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I need to install the directory of my project to removable disc. i dont want to install my project in c:\programfiles\........... . i want to install it in on my flash memory or removable media. My setup shuld detect the name of my removable media. And when ever the user install it shold install in that perticular name removable media.

I will take the shortcut on desktop. after nstalling when ever user try to open that application it shold work when the removable media of perticular name is present. if the removable disk of that name is ot present that application should not open
Updated 16-Nov-13 15:02pm
OriginalGriff 16-Nov-13 6:22am    
What have you tried? Where are you stuck?
hussain548 16-Nov-13 6:48am    
in app config file i have given path is Source=H:\database.mdb.[H drive is the flash memory drive]. my project and database is in flash memory.
now in setup i hope ineed to change the path of application folder.the default location is
[ProgramFilesFolder][Manufacturer]\[ProductName] this is the default location of application folder. here i need to give path of flash memory.
give me suggestions to do this.

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The whole concept of "installation" is not something which is designed for the use of removable media. Still, many good products work perfectly well on removable media or have two different kinds of packaging: installation and one without installation, which is usually called "portable" and can be well used on removable media.

Moreover, many good or even better products do not require installation in principle. Finally, I saw Microsoft recommendations to prefer such "self-installing" or "no installation" products. Many installations are redundant and only contaminate the system registry. When would you really need installation? One typical case is: you need to register some data file type(s) in the system the way your application would be automatically launched if the Shell starts the file, recognized by its name, such as "*.myFileType". Do you really need it?

Even if such files do exist, you should not try to do what you are trying to achieve. First of all, there can be more than one removable drive in the system. Finding your application is easy, but finding it by name is not a reliable options; the user always has a chance to have another executable file under the same name. I think what you should review your concept of the application and the application user. You really should assume that your user is not an idiot. If some user put your application on a removable media, such person is supposed to understand that the media is removable. Such user will use some file manager (or even command line) to open that removable drive and click on the application, not on some data file.

More importantly, standard mechanisms of registration of some software products do not make provision on putting a registered application anywhere where if won't have a fixed name. To work around this limitation, you would have to install some other software, something like your custom "application launcher". I could explain in detail how to do it, but it would defeat the purpose of using your application on the removable media. Develop your application the way not requiring installation; this is the best you can do.


If you need to find something of known file name, in the set of removable volumes, this can be needed for some reasonable purposes. Here is what you can do:
  1. Use WMI:[^].
  2. Traverse all drives using the class "Win32_DiskDrive". System Capabilities property will tell you if the drive is removable or not; ignore non-removable ones. Remember values of the Name property.
  3. Traverse all partitions using the class "Win32_DiskPartition"; ignoring partitions without file systems.
  4. For each partition, find its drive by the property "DiskIndex", ignore those pointing to non-removable drive.
  5. Traverse all logical disk volumes using the class "Win32_LogicalDiskToPartition"; it will give you the root name of each volume associated with some partition.
  6. Create collection of partitions ignoring those not pointing to logical volume; it will allow to associate some subset of partitions with drives (just to determine if a partition on the removable drive or not) and root paths of logical volumes, which are needed to perform file search.
  7. After such filtering, you will obtain the collection of root directory names of the partitions on removable drives. Find your file(s) in it.

It could be something like:

const string selectFormat = "SELECT * FROM {0}";
const string wmiTypeDrive = "Win32_DiskDrive";
const string wmiTypePartition = "Win32_DiskPartition";
const string wmiTypeLogicalDriveToPartitionAssociation = "Win32_LogicalDiskToPartition";


System.Func<string, ManagementObjectCollection> getAllWmiObjects = (wmiType) => {
    ManagementObjectSearcher searcher =
        new ManagementObjectSearcher(string.Format(selectFormat, wmiType));
            return searcher.Get();
        }; //getAllWmiObjects
ManagementObjectCollection partitions = getAllWmiObjects(wmiTypePartition);
ManagementObjectCollection drives = getAllWmiObjects(wmiTypeDrive);
ManagementObjectCollection driveToPartitionAssociations =  


foreach (ManagementObject drive in drives) {
    ushort[] capabilities = (ushort[])ManagementObject["Capabilities"];
    // this is how you can find out if the drive is removable
    bool sRemovable = capabilities != null && System.Array.FindIndex<ushort>(
        capabilities, (element) => { return element == 7; }) >= 0;
// index can later be found as index of the drive in the collection of all drives

// and so on...

It only sounds complicated, but the whole code will be few tens of lines.

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