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I have been using a program called myOrganizer, which is quite dated. Although it is freeware, I think it is a quite out of date program. It does not support tagging, synchronizing, and has very limited searching capability.

So what is your favorite CD/DVD archive organizing tool and why do you think it is superior?

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"What is your favorite" means you're looking to poll, which also should highlight the "community wiki" checkbox when you edit the answer. – random Sep 20 '09 at 15:12
I don't use disks any more. If I need a new OS i just make it a bootable USB and everything is backed up on a HDD. – Jonno_FTW Nov 20 '09 at 8:32

I keep mine in 5 spindles:

  • OS discs
  • Game discs for which I don't have an ISO
  • Drivers and other software I actually bought
  • Blank CDs
  • Blank DVDs

No other discs are neccessary. Ever.

I await your downvotes.

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you asked for it! :) -1 – Molly7244 Sep 21 '09 at 13:54
The question is about some software to keep track of what CD's you have :] Not about the physical storage. – Slink84 Sep 21 '09 at 13:55
Slink84 is right. I am trying to figure out what kind of sw is available to keep track of the CD/DVD archive in order to quickly search and organize them "logically" in the SW. – user11444 Sep 29 '09 at 11:23

I have never really used a good system other than just a very neat shelf. (and it is the only thing neat here!)

However, I remember seeing an automatic organising system a while ago which I was rather impressed by the Imation Disk Stakka-

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That being said, the software let it down a bit, You can find similar versions on Amazon that are stand alone units where you can just type a number and eject a disk.

I was tempted to say - CD, DVD? Old tech! All ISO downloads and/or USB Flash drives.. but thought the above would be better.

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Where Is It? has always been my choice - nice catalogue-like program, good search capabilities. Unless you're managing thousands of discs, it will in most likeliness, do the job fine. One downside is it's not free.

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I keep all my cds/dvds in special designed cases for them. I label them usually with a word that summarizes it's content with a sequential number ("Software 001", "Pictures 001", "Complete Albums 0001").

This way, I can use a cd catalog software that searches in all of them when I need to find something specific. If I have for example 30 DVD's with mp3, and search for a band name, it shows in which numbered DVD's are these mp3.

Of course, you need discipline and organization for this approach to work flawlessly. But it's worth. I have DVD's full of old software setups that are indexed this way.

There's a lot of cd catalogs in sourceforge. Or you can use WhereisIt?, it's not free, but it's a great one (only windows) becaus you can create groups of cds/dvds among other features. It has a good interface as well.

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I suggest you start at 000 – Jonno_FTW Nov 20 '09 at 8:31

I've used Smart CD Catalog for several years. It's quite good.

Now I'm using my own, but it's still rather flawed :] Sort of an alpha version.

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call me old-fashioned, but i'm keeping categorized directory listings of my CDs/DVDs. rather basic but it never failed me. no worries about software upgrades or database incopatibilities. dirprint is one mighty command (or JR Directory Printer, if you prefer a GUI).

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See Gentibus CD.

It works well for all file types and has a good and quick search function (that you can see in the image below):


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For Windows:
For Mac: Delicious Library

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Make ISOs of all my discs. I then store the ISOs on a server in categories under folders such as "software" or "games". Each ISO gets its own folder with a legible name of the content. I sometimes place an info.txt or serial.txt file in this folder containing things such as the install instructions or the serial if required.

The physical discs get placed in a cabinet afterwards in either a "software" pile or "game" pile (no real organization here).

If I need the contents of the disc again in the future I simply create a virtual drive and mount the image.

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