FltGetVolumeGuidName function (fltkernel.h)

FltGetVolumeGuidName gets the volume name for a given volume, in volume globally unique identifier (GUID) format.


  [in]               PFLT_VOLUME     Volume,
  [in/out, optional] PUNICODE_STRING VolumeGuidName,
  [out, optional]    PULONG          BufferSizeNeeded


[in] Volume

Opaque pointer for the volume. Must be a local file system volume. This parameter is required and cannot be NULL.

[in/out, optional] VolumeGuidName

Pointer to a caller-allocated UNICODE_STRING structure that receives the volume's GUID name when STATUS_SUCCESS is returned. Be aware that pool for VolumeGuidName->Buffer is also caller-allocated.

If VolumeGuidName is NULL and BufferSizeNeeded is not NULL, FltGetVolumeGuidName stores the buffer size needed for the requested volume GUID in the BufferSizeNeeded parameter and returns STATUS_BUFFER_TOO_SMALL. See Remarks.

[out, optional] BufferSizeNeeded

Pointer to a caller-allocated variable that receives the size, in bytes, of the requested volume GUID name. This parameter is optional and can be NULL; however, it must be non-NULL if VolumeGuidName is NULL so that FltGetVolumeGuidName can store the buffer size needed for the requested volume GUID.

Return value

FltGetVolumeGuidName returns STATUS_SUCCESS or an appropriate NTSTATUS value, such as one of the following:

Return code Description
STATUS_BUFFER_TOO_SMALL The buffer pointed to by VolumeGuidName is NULL or too small to hold the volume GUID. If the caller provides a non-NULL value for BufferSizeNeeded, FltGetVolumeGuidName stores the required buffer size in BufferSizeNeeded. This is considered an error code since the volume GUID name was not retrieved.
STATUS_INSUFFICIENT_RESOURCES FltGetVolumeGuidName encountered a pool allocation failure. This is an error code.
STATUS_INVALID_DEVICE_REQUEST The Volume parameter is a handle for a network volume. This is an error code.
STATUS_FLT_VOLUME_NOT_FOUND No matching volume was found. This is an error code.


The returned volume GUID name is expressed in the following format:


where GUID is a globally unique identifier that identifies the volume. This format, which is the same as that used by the mount manager, is described in Supporting Mount Manager Requests in a Storage Class Driver.

If BufferSizeNeeded is unknown, call FltGetVolumeGuidName twice:

  • On the first call, set VolumeGuidName to NULL and BufferSizeNeeded to non-NULL. FltGetVolumeGuidName will store the number of bytes needed for the volume name GUID in BufferSizeNeeded and return STATUS_BUFFER_TOO_SMALL.
  • On the second call, set VolumeGuidName to point to a structure that is the size of the BufferSizeNeeded value returned in the first call.

FltGetVolumeGuidName cannot safely be called from a pre-mount or post-mount callback. It cannot safely be called because even when the post-mount callback is called, the mount processing has not been completed by the I/O manager, and this causes a deadlock with the mount manager in certain cases.

On Windows Vista and later, a minifilter driver can safely call FltGetVolumeGuidName from its InstanceSetupCallback routine (PFLT_INSTANCE_SETUP_CALLBACK) because the callback is called on the first I/O operation for a new volume after all of the mount processing is completed.

On Windows operating systems earlier than Windows Vista, FltGetVolumeGuidName cannot safely be called from an InstanceSetupCallback routine because the mount manager might issue a file I/O operation while holding a lock, which can cause a deadlock.

It is important to note that the volume GUID is not the same as the volume object ID. The volume GUID, or unique volume name, is a file system-independent value; it is assigned to the underlying storage volume by the mount manager. The volume object ID is assigned to the file system volume by the file system.

To get the volume object ID for a volume, call ZwQueryVolumeInformationFile, specifying FileFsObjectIdInformation for the FsInformationClass parameter.

FltGetVolumeGuidName is roughly equivalent to the Win32 GetVolumeNameForVolumeMountPoint function. (GetVolumeNameForVolumeMountPoint is documented in the Microsoft Windows SDK.)


Target Platform Universal
Header fltkernel.h (include Fltkernel.h)
Library FltMgr.lib
DLL Fltmgr.sys

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