Searching Files on CD/DVD Data Disks

To jump to the search mode, press the F3 key on the keyboard or select the Search item on the Search menu.

Search files window

Please specify file masks and/or the description text for searching, choose disk group, and click "Search" for searching needed files.


You can use the advanced searching mode by clicking the "Advanced..." button.

Searching files
To search files:
1. Specify the search range (Disks, Current disk, Catalog)
Click on the desired tab and select the disks or folders to search in.
2. Specify the file search criteria (select the items and enter the additional information):

  • Filename masks (*.* by default; the characters '?' and '*' can be used). You can use several masks delimited by commas.
  • Size not less than, Kbytes.
  • Size not greater than, Kbytes.
  • Date from.
  • Date through.
  • File type.
  • Keyword to search for in descriptions.
3. Click on the [Search] button.
When the operation is completed, the found files are displayed in the main window, on the Search results tab.

Viewing search results
Two modes are available for viewing search results:
  • View as tree (displays disks and folders that contain at least one found file):
  • View as list:


To toggle the view mode: use the button View as tree button or select the View as tree item on the Search menu.

Learn about searching for photos and images by EXIF tags

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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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