Back in the late 90s, computer magazines were very popular for their accompanying CDs and DVDs. These disks contained massive number of software, games, and other goodies. I remember how excited I was when my dad bought me a PC World magazine that featured a CD with Tomb Raider – Lara Croft demo games. Back then people loved them because internet was very slow. I still have those – hundreds of CDs and DVDs I kept buying them until late 2000s. Now sometimes I remember a nice software or game I had seen on these disks and want to find about it. For this, I have to go through a big pile of disks all over again. All this time can be saved using
A software like EF File Catalog that can create a catalog of files on various disks can save your time considerably because then you can quickly search through the catalog instead of the physical disks. It generates a full catalog of the entire disks or only single directories with familiar Windows File Explorer-like user interface and makes it available for offline browsing and searching.
You begin by creating a new catalog file and saving it somewhere on your hard drive. Then you can add groups inside this catalog file and many units. Under the each unit, you can add folders or entire partitions. EF File Catalog will then start going through the added folders and create a catalog identical to the one visible from Windows File Explorer. You can later open this catalog file in any computer using EF File Catalog even when the original disks are not available, and it will still display all the files and folders from the catalog just like in File Explorer.
EF File Catalog is a useful and productive application for archiving of files and management of disks. It is not free and you get a trial version for 30 days, but the catalogs created using the trial version are free of any limitations.
You can download EF File Catalog from http://www.efsoftware.com/fc/e.htm.