Scanning Disks

Insert the disk you would like to scan in the disk drive.
On the Disk menu, select Scan (Ctrl-S) or click the butt Scan disk button. If disk is available in the drive, the scanning will begin.

Note: If your computer has more than one CD-ROM drive, the program will prompt you to select the device to use.

The Scanning progress window will appear; it displays the following information on the status of scanning:

  • Type of object being scanned (disk / folder).
  • Label and serial number of disk being scanned.
  • Time of scanning.
  • Number of scanned files and folders.
  • Number of files in archives.
  • Number of extracted descriptions.
  • Current folder.
  • Percentage of the total volume of files to be scanned (does not reflect folders).
Scanning disk window

In the lower-left corner of the program window, there are three switch-buttons for quick switching of the scanning settings:
Scan archives button - Scan archives (corresponds with the item "Scan archives" in the settings);
Save all text files button - Save all text files as descriptions (corresponds with the item "Save all text files as descriptions" in the settings);
Save image thumbnails button - Save image thumbnails (corresponds with the item "Save image thumbnails" in the settings).
While scanning a disk, you can use these buttons to quickly turn off saving unnecessary data to save disk space or, the other way around, turn on the options that you need.

To continue using the program, click the [Hide] button. The scanning process will not be interrupted. Once the scanning is complete, the notification will be displayed on your screen. Click [OK]. If you select the item "Open CD-ROM drive", the program will open the drive for you to swap CD disks. This feature is recommended for scanning a great number of disks.
Upon the successful completion of scanning, the disk properties window will appear. Enter information on the disk as necessary and click [OK].

If necessary, the scanning process can be interrupted by clicking on the [Abort] button in the Scanning progress window.

Use the settings window to change the scanning options for extracting descriptions from files.
When the option "Suggest scanning unknown disks" is selected (default), the prompt for scanning appears automatically when an unknown disk is available in the drive.

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April 19, 2017
Hey! We are almost not updating the program but you can order licenses if you need the program. The project is not dead and the latest version of SMD is 4.43.

April 16, 2014
A little bugfix is uploaded.

January 11, 2011
SearchMyDiscs 4.4 released. Added the Blu-Ray disk support.

May 28, 2010
SearchMyDiscs 4.3 released. Added an option that allows configuring the CD/DVD drive letter list.

March 23, 2010
SearchMyDiscs 4.2 released. Updated MSdcRAW.dll for scanning RAW files. Added support for lossless sound files APE, FLAC, and CUE.

November 30, 2009
SearchMyDiscs 4.1 released. Added searching photos by EXIF tags. Added getting additional EXIF tags.

April 1, 2009
SearchMyDiscs 4.0 released. Added new and powerful report generator. New features: Better looking tables and reports; Detailed preview window; Exporting to the PDF, DOC, XLS, HTML, CSV, JPG, BMP, GIF file formats. Added creating reports on the file catalog.

July 7, 2008
SearchMyDiscs 3.7 released. Added support for multiple scans of the same folders (you can select whether you want to refresh a folder's content or to create a new copy of the folder). Added importing folders with the same paths. Now you can create a database of local disks (and removable disks) of all your computers and search files in the database. Updated MSdcRAW.dll for scanning RAW files. Added support for new digital cameras.

May 5, 2008
SearchMyDiscs 3.61 released. Added automatic rotation of photo thumbnails according to EXIF data and FreeDB support for scanning mixed-mode CD disks (data+audio).

October 26, 2007
SearchMyDiscs 3.5 released. Added batch files tagging. Added support for read-only databases. Now you can open databases stored on CD/DVD disks or network servers. Improved Windows Vista compatibility.

August 16, 2007
SearchMyDiscs 3.4 released. Added getting thumbnails from video files (avi, vob, wmv, etc.). Added support for DNG digital photograph raw files. Added ability to include file descriptions to reports. Added saving IPTC comments for digital photographs. Added support for the "descript.ion" files. Added ability to add disk cover images. Added support for removable drives (Zip, Jazz, USB drives, etc.). Added new languages: Swedish, Bulgarian, Brazilian Portuguese.

May 17, 2007
New article: Search photos by EXIF tags

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