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    Freeware for searching or indexing removable media?
    I am looking for a free utility that allows me to search for files that have been saved on removable media. Does anyone have any suggestions?

    I used to have a piece of freeware that would allow me to search for files that I had previously backed-up onto DVD. It would quickly let me know the name of the DVD that contained the file. Of course, I had to catalog all of the DVDs first, which was time consuming, but only had to be done once. The interface wasn't great and I suspect it might have been a simple GUI covering some basic UNIX commands, but it worked.

    I have a newer Mac now (iMac with Intel i3 and OS 10.6) but I can't find that utility to re-download it. I also haven't been able to find anything like it that is free. I'd be very grateful for any help!

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    "Find Any File" (donation ware) works well. Give it a try. Download LINK

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    Find Any File does look like a good program, but it seems to only search mounted disks. Maybe I'm missing something.

    I'm hoping to find something that can search off-line disks. I have 100+ DVDs that I'd like to be able to catalog and search off-line.

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    Maybe it's me who is not understanding what you're trying to do? How can you search any external hard drive that's not mounted? Or for that matter a DVD that's not mounted?

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    The software I used to have created a searchable catalog or database of all the files on a DVD and associated those files with the name of the DVD. All the DVDs have to have unique names and it takes a long time to create that database initially, but it makes it very easy to find a file when you don't know what disc it could be on.

    For example, I could do a search for "logo" and it would return a list of files that had the word "logo" in the file name, along with the name of the disc they were saved on.

    There are a number of commercial products that do this, but I hoped there might be a freeware version out there.

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    OK, I understand now what you're referring to. I had similar software loaded on my Windows machine that worked well - at least it did in XP.

    I don't know of anything for free which can do what you're looking for.

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    Oh well. Thanks for trying!


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