recognize a drive as removable media (e.g. compact flash, sd cardor usb drive)

Discussion in 'Python' started by Mike Joyce, Apr 8, 2006.

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    Mike Joyce Guest

    I am trying to write a portable script that will find removable media,
    such as compact flash, sd card, usb, etc. drive and then upload files
    from the media. I want this to be portable so that I can write and
    maintain one program for both Linux and Windows. Each platform uses
    different functions so even if I could find two platform dependent
    functions that would be fine. Basically, I would like to avoid checking
    fixed disks if possible.
    If anyone know of a good way to do this please let me know. Thanks in
    advance for any help.
    -Mike Joyce
    Mike Joyce, Apr 8, 2006
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    Larry Bates Guest

    Take a look at the code located at the top of the module. It
    goes through a series of tests to determine which OS it is running
    on. You should be able to use something like that to create branches
    in your code to handle Windows/Linux separately. As far as determining
    removable drives in Windows/Linux I'm afraid I can't help on that.

    -Larry Bates
    Larry Bates, Apr 8, 2006
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    Tim Golden Guest

    Under Windows, you can probably use WMI for this, depending on
    exactly what it is you're trying to do. If I read you right, you want
    scan all devices, determine the removable ones, and then read stuff
    off them.

    If that's right, then something like this might do the trick on Windows
    (untestedish - picks up my floppy and USB stick):

    import wmi
    c = wmi.WMI ()
    removable_disks = c.Win32_LogicalDisk (DriveType=2)
    # if you want CDROM as well, repeat with DriveType=5

    This will give you a list of WMI objects, each corresponding
    to a removable disk. You can access the drive letter via the
    objects' .Name attributes, and do an os.walk or whatever on

    import os
    for disk in removable_disks:
    for dirpath, dirnames, filenames in os.walk (disk.Name + "\\"):
    print dirpath # and do whatever else you want

    Tim Golden, Apr 8, 2006
  4. Any suggestions as to doing this on a Mac?
    Gordon Rainsford, May 3, 2006
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