How to Succeed in Cataloging Disks: Tips

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Tip of the day

The list of current tips:

  • Use the Group Editor. You can place the disks into the appropriate groups by pressing the Ctrl-G combination on your keyboard.
  • For more convenience, the search results may be displayed as either a list or a tree, ordered by disks.
  • Use Drag&Drop when filling the collection. This significantly speeds up the process.
  • To place files to the appropriate section of your collection, use the disk view and search results panes.
  • If you have already generated the report or have selected files by miscellaneous criterions, you can save time generating another report by skipping the data-collection step.
  • While scanning, you can save ALL text files as description files for the folders, which they are located in.
  • The "Copy" menu item, when being applied to the folder selected during the search, copies only the found files.
  • If a disk is partially unreadable or the program cannot scan some disk, turn off saving thumbnails and miscellaneous descriptions and scanning archives. This may help include the disk into the database.
  • You should back up your database as well as any other data that you value - on a regular basis. To back up the database, simply archive the subfolder "Data" from the program settings folder (\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\10-Strike\SearchMyDiscs\) or copy the subfolder to a safe location. To restore the database, delete all files and subfolders of the program folder "Data" and extract the backup archive into that folder.
  • To reduce the database size you can turn off saving unnecessary information when scanning your disks: thumbnails, descriptions of miscellaneous file formats, etc. There is no need to save all thumbnails from disks being scanned. Save thumbnails if disks contain images that may interest you, such as photographs. Turn off scanning archives and saving all text descriptions when there is no need for those.
  • To speed up scanning disks, it is recommended that you turn off the anti-virus monitor. Besides, you may turn off miscellaneous scanning options. For instance, turn off saving thumbnails, scanning archives, and saving descriptions of executable, MP3 and image files.

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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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