Determining Whether a Directory Is a Mounted Folder

It is useful to determine whether a directory is a mounted folder when, for example, you are using a backup or search application that is limited to one volume. Such an application can reach information on multiple volumes if you use functions such as SetVolumeMountPoint to create mounted folders for the other volumes on the volume that the application is limited to. For more information, see Creating Mounted Folders.

To determine if a specified directory is a mounted folder, first call the GetFileAttributes function and inspect the FILE_ATTRIBUTE_REPARSE_POINT flag in the return value to see if the directory has an associated reparse point. If it does, use the FindFirstFile and FindNextFile functions to obtain the reparse tag in the dwReserved0 member of the WIN32_FIND_DATA structure. To determine if the reparse point is a mounted folder (and not some other form of reparse point), test whether the tag value equals the value IO_REPARSE_TAG_MOUNT_POINT. For more information, see Reparse Points.

To obtain the target volume of a mounted folder, use the GetVolumeNameForVolumeMountPoint function.

In a similar manner, you can determine if a reparse point is a symbolic link by testing whether the tag value is IO_REPARSE_TAG_SYMLINK.

File Attribute Constants