VB 6 and USB Flash Disks

If you are as curious as I am, you have probably wondered whether or not it is possible to determine if a memory stick was plugged in or taken out. To answer your question, yes you can! As the saying goes: Curiosity killed the cat. In this case, if you are not careful, curiosity can cause very serious errors, even some bad, unpredictable results. So, if you are careful and do things right, everything will work smoothly, so make sure to follow every step carefully, and double check your progress against mine.

I will cover how to determine whether or not a disk is plugged in or taken out in this article—that is the main topic, but another "thing" I've been wondering about was: How can you make the disk Autorun, similar to CD drives, and, how can you run a normal VB 6 program from this disk, without the need of installing it on the client machine? Sound interesting? Well, it's time to get started.

What Is Needed?

The obvious answer would be: A Lot Of APIs. Now, for the inexperienced VB 6 developer, the Win 32 Application Programming Interface would seem too advanced or too complicated to go into. To put you a bit more at ease, I won't be shy in mentioning the fact that many a experienced VB 6 developer finds the API just as scary as you! You may think that if experienced developers find APIs scary, they must indeed be extremely difficult. No; with time you will realise that the Win 32 API is extremely huge—there are literally millions of pages written on the various APIs found—and still some of the APIs remain a mystery. In case you haven't run away in fear for the APIs, you could have a look at these resources about the API.

The Needed APIs

In the sample program, you will be using the following APIs:

API Name API Description/Use
SetWindowLong The SetWindowLong function changes an attribute of the specified window.
The function also sets the 32-bit (long) value at the specified offset into the extra window memory.
CallWindowProc The CallWindowProc function passes message information to the specified window procedure
GetDriveType The GetDriveType function determines whether a disk drive is a removable, fixed, CD-ROM, RAM disk, or network drive
RtlMoveMemory The RtlMoveMemory routine moves memory either forward or backward, aligned or unaligned, in 4-byte blocks, followed by any remaining bytes
GetDWord The GetDWORD method retrieves a DWORD property
GetWord GetWORD method retrieves a WORD property
DeviceIoControl The DeviceIoControl function sends a control code directly to a specified device driver, causing the corresponding device to perform the corresponding operation.
CreateFile The CreateFile function creates or opens the following objects and returns a handle that can be used to access the object: → files → pipes → mailslots → communications resources → disk devices (Windows NT only) → consoles → directories (open only)
CloseHandle The CloseHandle function closes an open object handle.
RegisterDeviceNotification The RegisterDeviceNotification function registers the device or type of device for which a window will receive notifications
UnregisterDeviceNotification The UnregisterDeviceNotification function closes the specified device notification handle

The Needed API Types

To make all these APIs work properly, you need a couple of API Types, and several API Constants. In the sample program, you will be working with the following API Types:

API Type Name API Type Description/Usage
DEV_BROADCAST_HDR The DEV_BROADCAST_HDR structure is a standard header for information related to a device event reported through the WM_DEVICECHANGE message
DEV_BROADCAST_DEVICEINTERFACE The DEV_BROADCAST_DEVICEINTERFACE structure contains information about a class of devices

The Needed API Constants

You will need the following Constants in your sample program:

API Constant Name API Constant Description/Use
GWL_WNDPROC Use the GWL_WNDPROC constant to tell the SetWindowLong function that you want to change the address of the target window's WindowProc function
WM_DEVICECHANGE The WM_DEVICECHANGE device message notifies an application of a change to the hardware configuration of a device or the computer
DBT_DEVICEARRIVAL The system broadcasts the DBT_DEVICEARRIVAL device event when a device or piece of media has been inserted and becomes available
DBT_DEVICEREMOVECOMPLETE The system broadcasts the DBT_DEVICEREMOVECOMPLETE device event when a device or piece of media has been physically removed
DBT_DEVTYP_VOLUME The application must check the event to ensure that the type of device arriving is a volume. Logical volume
DBT_DEVTYP_DEVICEINTERFACE Device interface class
IOCTL_STORAGE_EJECT_MEDIA Causes media to be ejected from a SCSI device
GENERIC_READ Read Access
FILE_SHARE_READ Subsequent open operations on the object will succeed only if read access is requested
FILE_SHARE_WRITE Subsequent open operations on the object will succeed only if write access is requested
OPEN_EXISTING Opens the file
INVALID_HANDLE_VALUE If the function fails, the return value is INVALID_HANDLE_VALUE
DEVICE_NOTIFY_WINDOW_HANDLE Handle to the window or service that will receive device events for the devices specified in the NotificationFilter parameter
DBT_DEVTYP_DEVICEINTERFACE Device interface class
DEVICE_NOTIFY_ALL_INTERFACE_CLASSES Notifies the recipient of device interface events for all device interface classes

VB 6 and USB Flash Disks

Creating the Program to Notify You that the USB Flash Disk Is Inserted or Removed

If you haven't yet run away and you have read the descriptions above, you will realise that all these will form the main elements of your sample program; the trick is just to get all these APIs, Types, and Constants to work together. So, start your program!

  • Open Visual Basic 6, and create a Standard EXE project.
  • Use the Project menu to add a new Module.
  • Use the API Text Viewer (included as one of the Tools for Visual Basic) to get all the appropriate API Declarations, or simply copy the following into your newly created Module:
'The SetWindowLong function changes an attribute of the specified
'window.
'The function also sets the 32-bit (long) value at the specified
'offset into the extra window memory.
Private Declare Function SetWindowLong Lib "User32.dll" _
   Alias "SetWindowLongA" ( _
   ByVal hWnd As Long, ByVal nIndex As Long, _
      ByVal dwNewLong As Long) As Long

'The CallWindowProc function passes message information to the
'specified window procedure
Private Declare Function CallWindowProc Lib "User32.dll" _
   Alias "CallWindowProcA" ( _
   ByVal lpPrevWndFunc As Long, ByVal hWnd As Long, _
      ByVal Msg As Long, _
   ByVal wParam As Long, ByVal lParam As Long) As Long

'The GetDriveType function determines whether a disk drive is a
'removable, fixed, CD-ROM, RAM disk, or network drive
Private Declare Function GetDriveType Lib "kernel32.dll" _
   Alias "GetDriveTypeA" (ByVal nDrive As String) As Long

'The RtlMoveMemory routine moves memory either forward or backward,
'aligned or unaligned, in 4-byte blocks, followed by any
'remaining bytes
Private Declare Sub RtlMoveMemory Lib "kernel32.dll" ( _
   ByRef Destination As Any, ByRef Source As Any, _
      ByVal Length As Long)

'The GetDWORD method retrieves a DWORD property
Private Declare Sub GetDWord Lib "MSVBVM60.dll" _
   Alias "GetMem4" (ByRef inSrc As Any, ByRef inDst As Long)

' GetWORD method retrieves a WORD property
Private Declare Sub GetWord Lib "MSVBVM60.dll" _
   Alias "GetMem2" (ByRef inSrc As Any, ByRef inDst As Integer)

Public Declare Function DeviceIoControl Lib "kernel32" _
   (ByVal hDevice As Long, _
   ByVal dwIoControlCode As Long, _
   lpInBuffer As Any, ByVal _
   nInBufferSize As Long, _
   lpOutBuffer As Any, _
   ByVal nOutBufferSize As Long, _
   lpBytesReturned As Long, _
   lpOverlapped As Any) As Long
Private Declare Function CreateFile Lib "kernel32" _
   Alias "CreateFileA" (ByVal lpFileName As String, _
   ByVal dwDesiredAccess As Long, ByVal dwShareMode As Long, _
   lpSecurityAttributes As Any, _
   ByVal dwCreationDisposition As Long, _
   ByVal dwFlagsAndAttributes As Long, _
   ByVal hTemplateFile As Long) As Long
Private Declare Function CloseHandle Lib "kernel32" _
   (ByVal hObject As Long) As Long

'The DEV_BROADCAST_HDR structure is a standard header for
'information related to a device event reported
'through the WM_DEVICECHANGE message
Private Type DEV_BROADCAST_HDR
   dbch_size As Long
   dbch_devicetype As Long
   dbch_reserved As Long
End Type

'use the GWL_WNDPROC constant to tell the SetWindowLong function
'that you want to change the address of the target window's
'WindowProc function
Private Const GWL_WNDPROC As Long = (-4)

'The WM_DEVICECHANGE device message notifies an application of a
'change to the hardware
'configuration of a device or the computer
Private Const WM_DEVICECHANGE As Long = &H219

'The system broadcasts the DBT_DEVICEARRIVAL device event when a
'device or piece of media has been inserted and becomes available
Private Const DBT_DEVICEARRIVAL As Long = &H8000&

'The system broadcasts the DBT_DEVICEREMOVECOMPLETE device event
'when a device or piece of media has been physically removed
Private Const DBT_DEVICEREMOVECOMPLETE As Long = &H8004&

'The application must check the event to ensure that the type of
'device arriving is a volume
Private Const DBT_DEVTYP_VOLUME As Long = &H2    ' Logical volume
' Device interface class
Private Const DBT_DEVTYP_DEVICEINTERFACE As Long = &H5

Public Const IOCTL_STORAGE_EJECT_MEDIA As Long = &H2D4808
Private Const GENERIC_READ                     = &H80000000
Private Const FILE_SHARE_READ                  = &H1
Private Const FILE_SHARE_WRITE                 = &H2
Private Const OPEN_EXISTING                    = 3
Private Const INVALID_HANDLE_VALUE             = -1
  • Use the exact same procedure to add the following APIs and Constants to the General Declarations section of your Form:
'The RegisterDeviceNotification function registers the device or
'type of device for which a window will receive notifications
Private Declare Function RegisterDeviceNotification _
   Lib "User32.dll" Alias _
   "RegisterDeviceNotificationA" (ByVal hRecipient As Long, _
   ByRef NotificationFilter As Any, ByVal Flags As Long) As Long

'The UnregisterDeviceNotification function closes the specified
'device notification handle
Private Declare Function UnregisterDeviceNotification _
   Lib "User32.dll" ( _
   ByVal Handle As Long) As Long

'The DEV_BROADCAST_DEVICEINTERFACE structure contains information
'about a class of devices
Private Type DEV_BROADCAST_DEVICEINTERFACE
   dbcc_size As Long
   dbcc_devicetype As Long
   dbcc_reserved As Long
   dbcc_classguid As Guid
   dbcc_name As Long
End Type

'Handle to the window or service that will receive device events
'for the devices specified in the NotificationFilter parameter
Private Const DEVICE_NOTIFY_WINDOW_HANDLE As Long = &H0
' Device interface class
Private Const DBT_DEVTYP_DEVICEINTERFACE As Long = &H5

'Notifies the recipient of device interface events for all device
'interface classes.
Private Const DEVICE_NOTIFY_ALL_INTERFACE_CLASSES As Long = &H4

That wasn't so bad, was it? Believe it or not, that was the easy part! What you want to achieve is this: You want to get notified of Disk Insertion or Disk Removal. Currently, you only possess a Form and a Module, so how will you get this done? Simple answer: Subclassing.

VB 6 and USB Flash Disks

Subclassing Your Form

In short, Subclassing is a way to intercept Windows messages sent to a particular window. By subclassing a window, you can customize its behaviour, meaning if you can intercept certain messages in the window's Message Queue, you also can replace that particular message with a different message. For example, if you were to look at your program and what you'd like it to do, you would see that once you run the program and show your main form, that there is no other way to detect the arrival or removal of devices from within your program. Subclassing (here) will enable you to send the Arrival event, or better put, Message, to your form, and by doing that, your form will notify you that the device was plugged in. The same would apply with the removal of the device, where you need to send a "Removed" Message to your form, so that the form can notify you. More information on Subclassing can be found here.

Note: Because you have already added all the appropriate APIs, you don't have to add any more APIs.

Step 1

At the top your Module, add the following Variables:

Dim OldProc As Long
Dim WHnd As Long 'Window handle

Step 2

Add the following Sub inside your Module:

Public Sub SubClass(ByVal iWnd As Long)
   If (WHnd) Then Call UnSubClass

   OldProc = SetWindowLong(iWnd, GWL_WNDPROC, AddressOf WndProc)
   WHnd = iWnd
End Sub

This sub will be used to intercept your Form's messages, so you will need to call this sub from within your Form's Load event, with this line:

Private Sub Form_Load()
   Call SubClass(Me.hWnd)
End Sub

Here's what happens in the SubClass sub:

  1. First, you determine whether or not your "new" window already exists. If it does, you call the UnSubClass procedure, which I will cover a bit later.
  2. Second, with the use of the SetWindowLong API, you change the "current" Message to a function (new event) named WndProc, which will be explained in Step 3.
  3. You set the current Window handle to a variable named WHnd. The Current window handle is specified in the call to the SubClass sub, and there you set it to the Form's handle.

Step 3

Add the following Function inside your Module.

Private Function WndProc(ByVal hWnd As Long, ByVal uMsg As Long, _
   ByVal wParam As Long, ByVal lParam As Long) As Long
   Dim DevBroadcastHead As DEV_BROADCAST_HDR
   Dim UMask As Long, Flags As Integer

   If (uMsg = WM_DEVICECHANGE) Then
      Select Case wParam
         Case DBT_DEVICEARRIVAL, DBT_DEVICEREMOVECOMPLETE
            Call RtlMoveMemory(DevBroadcastHead, ByVal lParam, _
               Len(DevBroadcastHead))

            If (DevBroadcastHead.dbch_devicetype = _
               DBT_DEVTYP_VOLUME) Then
               Call GetDWord(ByVal _
                  (lParam + Len(DevBroadcastHead)), UMask)
               Call GetWord(ByVal _
                  (lParam + Len(DevBroadcastHead) + 4), Flags)

               MsgBox "Drive - " & UMaskString(UMask) & " " & _
                  IIf(wParam = DBT_DEVICEARRIVAL, "Inserted", _
                     "Ejected")
            End If

      End Select
   End If

   WndProc = CallWindowProc(OldProc, hWnd, uMsg, wParam, lParam)
End Function

This function will act as the replacing event upon the form. You create a DEV_BROADCAST_HDR structure that contains the appropriate information about a device event as reported by the WM_DEVICECHANGE message. After you have made sure that there was indeed a WM_DEVICECHANGE message sent, you use a Select Case statement to determine whether an arrival message (DBT_DEVICEARRIVAL) or a removal message (DBT_DEVICEREMOVECOMPLETE) was received. In either case, you use RtlMoveMemory to move the appropriate data from the device to your DEV_BROADCAST_HDR structure. Then, you determine whether the disk plugged in/removed is a Logical Volume. Based on that, you make use of the GetDWord and GetWord functions (inside MSVBVM60.dll) to get the DWORD or WORD values form the DEV_BROADCAST_HDR object and store them into the VB - Compatible variables UMask and Flags. After all this processing to ensure you can retrieve and use all the necessary values, you can use an Inline If statement to display a MessageBox showing "Inserted" (True), or "Ejected" (False). The UMaskString ends up supplying the Correct Drive Letter for the inserted or ejected device—in my case E.

[Inserted.png]

Figure 1: Inserted Notification

The UMaskString function looks like this:

Private Function UMaskString(ByVal iUnitMask As Long) As String
   Dim Bits As Long

   For Bits = 0 To 30
      If (iUnitMask And (2 ^ Bits)) Then _
         UMaskString = UMaskString & Chr$(Asc("A") + Bits)
   Next Bits
End Function

Tying Up Loose Ends

Because you had to use Subclassing to help you get notified about the state of the disk, you had to supply the basic framework about Device Arrival and Device Removal from which to from; otherwise, subclassing would be useless. What you still need to do is to make use of the RegisterDeviceNotification and the UnRegisterDeviceNotification APIs from within your Form to complete the Device Arrival or Removal sequences. If you have missed the step where you had to add these two APIs to the General Declarations section of your form, make sure to do it now. Assuming that these two APIs are in place, you need to edit the Form's Load event procedure to look like the following:

Private Sub Form_Load()
   Dim NotifFilter As DEV_BROADCAST_DEVICEINTERFACE

   With NotifFilter
   'Size of this structure, in bytes.
      .dbcc_size = Len(NotifFilter)

      'Class of devices. This structure is a
      'DEV_BROADCAST_DEVICEINTERFACE structure.
      .dbcc_devicetype = DBT_DEVTYP_DEVICEINTERFACE
   End With

   Call SubClass(Me.hWnd)

   lDevNotify = RegisterDeviceNotification(Me.hWnd, NotifFilter, _
      DEVICE_NOTIFY_WINDOW_HANDLE Or _
         DEVICE_NOTIFY_ALL_INTERFACE_CLASSES)

End Sub

Calling the RegisterDeviceNotification API here enables your Form to obtain the necessary messages from the device, so that the form can act as the "main informer" of whatever happened with the device.

Note: If you were to look at the declaration of theDEV_BROADCAST_DEVICEINTERFACE, you will notice that dbcc_classguid is declared as GUID. This GUID Type it refers to is not an API type! You need to create it yourself; it should look similar to the following:

'Used with the DEV_BROADCAST_DEVICEINTERFACE,
'dbcc_classguid member
Public Type Guid
   D1 As Long
   D2 As Integer
   D3 As Integer
   D4(7) As Byte
End Type

While you're at it, you should add the variable to be used as the Return value of the RegisterDeviceNotification API:

'Return Value
Private lDevNotify As Long

VB 6 and USB Flash Disks

Unsubclassing and Unregistering

To complete the main part of your program, you must UnSubclass your form and Unregister your device notification. In the Module, add the UnSubclass sub:

Public Sub UnSubClass()
   If (WHnd = 0) Then Exit Sub
   Call SetWindowLong(WHnd, GWL_WNDPROC, OldProc)

   WHnd = 0
   OldProc = 0
End Sub

Inside the form's Unload event, add the following:

Private Sub Form_Unload(ByRef Cancel As Integer)
   Call UnregisterDeviceNotification(lDevNotify)
   Call UnSubClass
End Sub

Feel free to run and test your program now. You will see that your form does indeed pick up the device arrival as well as removal events. Just remember though, that, if your USB stick is already plugged in before starting the program, the window will not notify you, but it will indeed notify you when the device is ejected.

Programmatically Ejecting the Device

Instead of manually removing the device, you can "eject" it directly from within your program. Before you continue, add two CommandButtons to your form; you can label them any way you like. Once you have done that, you are ready to proceed. Add the following:

Public Function EjectMedia(sDrive As String, _
   ctrlCode As Long) As Boolean
Dim hDevice As Long
   Dim bytesReturned As Long
   Dim success As Long

  'obtain a handle to the device
   hDevice = CreateFile("\\.\" & sDrive, _
                        GENERIC_READ, _
                        FILE_SHARE_READ Or FILE_SHARE_WRITE, _
                        ByVal 0&, _
                        OPEN_EXISTING, _
                        0&, 0&)

   If hDevice <> INVALID_HANDLE_VALUE Then

     'If the operation succeeds,
     'DeviceIoControl returns zero
      success = DeviceIoControl(hDevice, _
                                ctrlCode, _
                                0&, _
                                0&, _
                                ByVal 0&, _
                                0&, _
                                bytesReturned, _
                                ByVal 0&)

   End If

   Call CloseHandle(hDevice)
   EjectMedia = success <> 0
   MsgBox "Safe To Remove Flash Disk!"

End Function

This function will attempt to create a file on the removable disk. If it is able to do that, you know that the device is still plugged in. Then, you can simply close the handle of the device; by doing so so, you close the device and "eject" the device from the system. Yes, this would work with a call like:

Private Sub Command1_Click()

   Call EjectMedia("E:", IOCTL_STORAGE_EJECT_MEDIA)
End Sub

But, you will still see the device's NotifyIcon in the TaskBar; you won't be able to open the disk from My Computer (as in Figure 2), so I don't know if this is really viable to do—but you can.

[InsertDisk.png]

Figure 2: Prompt for Disk

Another way would be to call the Safely Remove Hardware window directly from your program. You can do it by including this statement in your second command button's event:

Private Sub Command2_Click()

   Shell "RUNDLL32.EXE shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll"
End Sub

Here, you are making use of the Shell32.dll 's Control_RunDLL method to show the hotplug.dll window. For more information on how to use the Shell32.dll to display the various system windows, you can have a look here.

If the device has been removed (better put: closed), you'll get a notification, similar to the following:

[Ejected.png]

Figure 3: Ejected Notification

Making Your Device AutoRun

You would probably know by now that if you include an Autorun.inf file on a CD, it will run a program directly from the disk. With USB disks, I'm afraid, that this is not entirely possible. To make a USB Autorun, the device must not be marked as a removable media device and the device must contain an Autorun.inf file and a startup application, as you now know. The main reason behind this is how the USB stick operates; the removable media device has a setting that is a flag contained within the SCSI Inquiry Data response to the SCSI Inquiry command. A RMB (Removeable Media Bit) can't remember precisely which bit it is) set to zero indicates that the device is not a removable media device. A RMB of one indicates that the device is a removable media device. Drivers obtain this information by using the StorageDeviceProperty request. MSDN has more info on StorageDevicePrroperty and STORAGE_DEVICE_DESCRIPTOR.

However, you can include/copy a program onto the disk (presume I have a program named Desktop_Wiz.exe on my Flash disk), and then create an Autorun.inf file that looks like the following:

[autorun]
OPEN=Desktop_Wiz.exe
ICON=Desktop_Wiz.exe
ACTION=DesktopWiz Open Program

It will produce a window similar to the following:

[autorun.png]

Figure 4: Autorun Memory Stick

In case you are wondering how to make an Autorun.inf file, here's how do it:

  1. Open NotePad.
  2. Type the above code (just replace my program with your program).
  3. Click File.
  4. Click Save As....
  5. In The Save As Type drop down list, select All Files.
  6. Type in autorun.inf.

And there you go!

A sample Autorun.inf file is included for download with this article.

VB 6 and USB Flash Disks

Running a VB 6 Program Without Installing onto the Client

Yes, it is indeed possible. Granted, most of the VB 6 runtime files do get included with the newer versions of Windows, but what about an operating system without the common VB 6 Runtime files included? Answering this question is easy. All you need to do is to copy all the files (the VB Runtime DLLs and any supporting DLLs) into the root of your device. For example, If I have a Project named Project1 and I have used the Package and Deployment Wizard to generate all the necessary runtime files, I would need to copy Project1.exe as well as all the support files into the root of the device. If you have a look at Figure 5, you will see the default files (apart from your own DLLs), the Package and Deployment Wizard includes:

[LocalFiles.jpg]

Figure 5: Some of the required Runtime files

If you take an even closer look at the above picture, you should notice one file named Project1.exe.local. This file is the most essential file here. Basically, there is absolutely nothing special inside the file; it is an empty file, but it is used to force the system to look in the application folder for DLLs and OCXs, and not in the system's Windows\System32 folder. So, in other words, with this file, your EXE, and all supporting files all stored in the root of the device, you will be able to run your program, without the need of installing it onto the client's machine. Sometimes, you may just need to demonstrate something quickly, or perhaps just run a small utility you wrote on another machine; whatever the reason, it should save you some headache!

Now you may ask, "How do I make a 'local' file?" Here's how you do it:

  1. Open NotePad.
  2. Do Not type anything, not even a space!!!
  3. Click File.
  4. Click Save As....
  5. In The Save As Type drop down list, select All Files.
  6. If you have a program named test.exe name your file test.exe.local.
  7. Then, just include it along with your other files.

It is very very important that you name your local file in this manner: ProgramName.Extension.local. This connects the local file to your application.

A Sample local file is included for download with this article.

Conclusion

I sincerely hope that you have had just as much fun as I've had with this article, and, I hope that you have learned something new and/or interesting. Thanks for reading (and not falling asleep); until next time!



About the Author

Hannes du Preez

Hannes du Preez is a Microsoft MVP for Visual Basic. He is a trainer at a South African-based company. He is the co-founder of hmsmp.co.za, a community for South African developers.

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