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Direct access to disks and protected files from user-mode applications in Windows

RawDisk library offers software developers direct access to files, disks and partitions of the disks (hard drives, flash disks etc.) for user-mode applications, bypassing security limitations of Windows® operating systems.

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Release:  3.2.37
17 March 2016

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Technical Specification


If you create software, that needs direct access to the files or partitions of your disks (including hard drives and flash disks), you have probably faced the restrictions, imposed by Windows Vista and later versions of Windows (up to Windows 10). Windows Vista and later don't allow you to access the disks from user-mode processes at all. Windows XP prevents your from using raw access to disks if the application is run under restricted (non-administrative) account. All systems won't let you open the file, if it's exclusively opened by another application or if security settings (permissions) don't let you access the file.

RawDisk™ effectively solves this problem by providing a kernel-mode driver for use with your applications. Using this driver you can read and write the data from/to the disk or opened files without any restrictions. Also you can delete a locked or in other way inaccessible file. All you need to do is add two extra function calls to your application.

Note, that to install the driver your application must be run under administrative account or under another account which has permissions to install the driver.

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Supported platforms

  • Windows:
    • Windows 10
    • Windows 2012 Server R2 (32-bit and 64-bit x64)
    • Windows 8.1 (32-bit and 64-bit x64)
    • Windows 2012 Server (32-bit and 64-bit x64)
    • Windows 8 (32-bit and 64-bit x64)
    • Windows 2008 Server R2 (32-bit, 64-bit x64 and 64-bit Itanium)
    • Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit x64 and 64-bit Itanium)
    • Windows 2008 Server (32-bit, 64-bit x64 and 64-bit Itanium)
    • Windows Vista (32-bit, 64-bit x64 and 64-bit Itanium)
    • Windows 2003 Server (32-bit, 64-bit x64 and 64-bit Itanium)
    • Windows XP (32-bit, 64-bit x64 and 64-bit Itanium)
  • Microsoft .NET Framework on Windows:
    • .NET 4.6 (32-bit and 64-bit x64)
    • .NET 4.5.1 (32-bit and 64-bit x64)
    • .NET 4.5 (32-bit and 64-bit x64)
    • .NET 4.0 (32-bit, 64-bit x64 and Itanium)
    • .NET 3.5 (32-bit, 64-bit x64 and Itanium)
    • .NET 3.0 (32-bit, 64-bit x64 and Itanium)
    • .NET 2.0 (32-bit, 64-bit x64 and Itanium)

Development tools

  • .NET API:
    • Visual Studio 2015
    • Visual Studio 2013
    • Visual Studio 2012
    • Visual Studio 2010
    • Visual Studio 2008
    • Visual Studio 2005
  • C++ API:
    • Visual Studio 2015
    • Visual Studio 2013
    • Visual Studio 2012
    • Visual Studio 2010
    • Visual Studio 2008
  • VCL API (VCL units are linked into the application without any external DLLs):
    • Embarcadero RAD Studio 10 / Win32
    • Embarcadero RAD Studio XE8 / Win32
    • Embarcadero RAD Studio XE7 / Win32
    • Embarcadero RAD Studio XE6 / Win32
    • Embarcadero RAD Studio XE5 / Win32
    • Embarcadero RAD Studio XE4 / Win32
    • Embarcadero RAD Studio XE3 / Win32
    • Embarcadero RAD Studio XE2 / Win32
    • Embarcadero RAD Studio XE
    • Embarcadero RAD Studio 2010
    • CodeGear RAD Studio 2009
    • CodeGear RAD Studio 2007
    • Delphi 2006
    • Delphi 2005
    • Delphi 7

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