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10-Strike SearchMyDiscs 2.3 - User Guide and FAQ

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Scanning disks

Insert the disk you would like to scan in the disk drive. On the Disk menu, select Scan (Ctrl-S). If disk is available in the drive, the scanning will begin.

Note: If your computer has more than one CD-ROM drives, the program will prompt you to select the device to use.

The Scanning progress window will appear; it displays the following information on the status of scanning:
  • Type of object being scanned (disk / folder).
  • Label and serial number of disk being scanned.
  • Time of scanning.
  • Number of scanned files and folders.
  • Number of files in archives.
  • Number of extracted descriptions.
  • Current folder.
  • Percentage of the total volume of files to be scanned (does not reflect folders).
To continue using the program, click the [Hide] button. The scanning process will not be interrupted. Once scanning is complete, the notification will be displayed on your screen. Click [OK]. If you select the item "Open CD-ROM drive", the program will open the drive for you to swap CD disks. This feature is recommended for scanning great number of disks. Upon successful completion of scanning, the Disk properties window will appear. Enter information on the disk as necessary and click [OK].

If necessary, the scanning process can be interrupted by clicking on the [Abort] button in the Scanning progress window.

Use the settings window to change the scanning options for extracting descriptions from files. When the option "Suggest scanning unknown disks" is selected (default), the prompt for scanning appears automatically when an unknown disk is available in the drive.

Frequently Asked Questions - 10-Strike SearchMyDiscs

  1. How to catalog photos stored on CD/DVD disks and create thumbnails of all these photos?
    1. Click the "Settings" toolbar icon and click "Thumbnails" option. Checkmark "Save image thumbnails" and click "OK". Set thumbnail scanning parameters like size and quality. After scanning CD and DVD disks with photos you will be able to view thumbnails of photos without inserting the original disks to the computer.
    2. We also suggest photographers turning on scanning EXIF tags with shooting parameters.
    3. Turn on viewing thumbnails for your comfort when watching or searching photos in the program (the main menu "View"->"Thumbnails").

  2. I was wondering... How big and how many DVD is it possible to add to disk database before it become too slow?
    You can store hundreds of disks fearlessly.

  3. How do I reduce the disk scanning time?
    First of all, 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.

  4. What can I do if a disk is partially unreadable or the program glitches when scanning some disks?
    Turn off saving thumbnails and miscellaneous descriptions (especially EXIF). Disabling scanning archives may also help.

  5. How do I back up the database? Should I even do that?
    Of course, you should back up your database as well as any other data that you value - on a regular basis. If you have scanned quite great number of new disks and have not backed up your database for a long time - make a back-up copy now; thus you will make sure that you will not regret that you have wasted your time scanning so many disks. To back up the database, simply archive the subfolder 'Data' from the program's folder (\Program Files\10-Strike SearchMyDiscs) or copy the subfolder to a safe location. To restore the database, delete all files and subfolders of the program's folder 'Data' and extract the back-up archive into that folder.

    The latest versions of the software support backing up and restoring the database.

  6. How can I reduce the database size?
    1. Turn off saving unnecessary information when scanning each of your disks: thumbnails and descriptions of miscellaneous file formats. For example, there is no need to save all thumbnails from disks being scanned; doing this will only inflate the database. Save thumbnails only if disks contain images that may interest you, such as photographs. Use filters in the settings to avoid saving thumbnails for small images. Lowering the thumbnail quality and resolution can also reduce their size.
    2. Turn off scanning archives if their content does not give you any search interest.
    3. Turn off "saving all text descriptions" and set the maximum description size, so that the text descriptions would not be saved in the database entirely.

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