getdiskfreespace (kernel32)
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Retrieves information about the specified disk, including the amount of free space on the disk.

C# Signature:

[DllImport("kernel32.dll", SetLastError=true, CharSet=CharSet.Auto)]
static extern bool GetDiskFreeSpace(string lpRootPathName,
   out uint lpSectorsPerCluster,
   out uint lpBytesPerSector,
   out uint lpNumberOfFreeClusters,
   out uint lpTotalNumberOfClusters);

VB.Net Signature:

Declare Auto Function GetDiskFreeSpace Lib "kernel32.dll" ( _
     ByVal lpRootPathName As String, _
     ByRef lpSectorsPerCluster As UInt32, _
     ByRef lpBytesPerSector As UInt32, _
     ByRef lpNumberOfFreeClusters As UInt32, _
     ByRef lpTotalNumberOfClusters As UInt32) As Integer


In the .Net Framework, this functionality is available in the System.IO.DriveInfo class.

On Windows 95/98 the GetDiskFreeSpace function cannot report volume sizes that are greater than 2 gigabytes (GB). To ensure that your application works with large capacity hard drives, use the GetDiskFreeSpaceEx function. On Windows NT and Windows 2000, GetDiskFreeSpace is not limited to 2GB; it reports the full size of the drive and the full amount of free space. See .

Tips & Tricks:

If you are reading information for multiple drives and/or do not need sector cluster information, use the Managed API instead (System.IO.DriveInfo)

GetDiskFreeSpace works with UNC paths, whereas the Managed API does not.

Sample Code:

uint SectorsPerCluster;
uint BytesPerSector;
uint NumberOfFreeClusters;
uint TotalNumberOfClusters;

GetDiskFreeSpace("C:\\", out SectorsPerCluster, out BytesPerSector,
   out NumberOfFreeClusters, out TotalNumberOfClusters);

Console.WriteLine("Sectors Per Cluster: {0}", SectorsPerCluster);
Console.WriteLine("Bytes Per Sector: {0}", BytesPerSector);
Console.WriteLine("Number Of Free Clusters: {0}", NumberOfFreeClusters);
Console.WriteLine("Total Number Of Clusters: {0}", TotalNumberOfClusters);    

// SectorsPerCluster * BytesPerSection will give you how many bytes are available per sector
// And by multiplying the result with NumberOfFreeClusters gives you the free space in bytes.
long Bytes = (long)NumberOfFreeClusters * SectorsPerCluster * BytesPerSector;
Console.WriteLine("Total Free Space in bytes: {0} ", Bytes);

decimal KiloBytes = (decimal)Bytes / 1024;
Console.WriteLine("Total Free Space in kilo bytes: {0}", KiloBytes);

decimal MegaBytes = (decimal)KiloBytes / 1024;
Console.WriteLine("Total Free Space in mega bytes: {0}", MegaBytes);

decimal GigaBytes = (decimal)MegaBytes / 1024;
Console.WriteLine("Total Free Space in giga bytes: {0}", GigaBytes);

Console.WriteLine("Please enter any key to exit...");

Alternative Managed API:

Class System.IO.DriveInfo
Differences From WinAPI Function You won't be able to get sector/cluster counts
Drawbacks You must enumerate all of your drives before information can be reviewed (using the DriveInfo.GetDrives() method (Why? new DriveInfo("C").AvailableFreeSpace works for me)

The ManagedWindowsApi project ( provides an ExtendedFileInfo class that can get sector/cluster sizes and counts.