Beginner Stream Type Question

S-Soft 646 Reputation points

I need to pass some files on disk as stream to a 3rd party SDK for some processing and don't know if I should use FileStream or MemoryStream?

When reading, there are files on disk that I load and pass to the SDK to extract some data from:
Using memStream As New MemoryStream(File.ReadAllBytes("c:\blah.ext"), FileMode.Open, FileAccess.Read)

This file can be big, so I guess should be using FileStream:
Using fileStream As New FileStream("c:\blah.ext", FileMode.Open, FileAccess.Read)

Am I right?
If using FileStream, the file is just opened as read-only in-place?

2nd scenario is writing, what's the advise on it?

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  1. P a u l 10,411 Reputation points

    Correct, FileStream would be the appropriate stream class to use for reading buffered file data from disk.

    Where do you need to write the data to?

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  2. Jiachen Li-MSFT 27,836 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor

    Hi @S-Soft ,
    Based on what kind of input is required by the SDK.
    You can choose a different FileAccess Enum for FileStream (String, FileMode, FileAccess).

    Read access to the file. Data can be read from the file. Combine with Write for read/write access.

    Read and write access to the file. Data can be written to and read from the file.

    Write access to the file. Data can be written to the file. Combine with Read for read/write access.

    Best Regards.
    Jiachen Li


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