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3. Catalog your data

To start using NeoFinder, it is first a good idea to catalog your volumes (hard disks, CD-ROMs, DVD- ROMs, DVDs, Audio-CDs, iPods, Blue-ray disks, USB-Sticks, and such). Remember that you can also just catalog certain interesting folders instead of entire volumes, if you want to!

Creating a catalog basically means that NeoFinder reads all the information about a volume, the names of all files and folders, their creation and modification dates, their sizes, and much more. NeoFinder even reads detailed information about songs, photos, and videos, or the version of files as well.

This data is then stored inside a data file called the catalog file. That file is placed in your NeoFinder Database folder. NeoFinder names that file according to the volume name, if possible.

Creating a catalog must only be done once for every volume. If the contents of the volume change, the catalog of this volume in NeoFinder can be updated as well, so it reflects the actual status of the volume. But if the volume cannot change, like a DVD or Blu-ray disk, you only have to Catalog it once.

After NeoFinder has created a catalog of a volume, a new entry for this catalog will appear in the LIBRARY section of NeoFinder. That is basically a list of all catalogs that NeoFinder is aware of.

Catalog your Data with NeoFinder

Learn how to catalog your data, and what all these Cataloging Preferences actually mean!

3.1 Catalog one volume
3.2 Catalog many volumes (Batch Catalog)
3.3 Cataloging settings
3.4 Automatically catalog volumes when they are ejected
3.5 Update existing catalogs
3.6 Import existing catalogs of other applications
3.7 Catalog a Folder
3.8 AutoMount
3.9 AutoUpdater: Update Catalogs automatically at a certain time
3.10 Exclude certain files and folders from cataloging
3.11 Catalog “cloned” disks
3.12 Catalog disks with a Time Machine backup
3.13 Catalog your iTunes music database
3.14 Catalog your Aperture, iPhoto, Lightroom, or Apples “” database
3.15 Catalog your Backblaze B2 cloud storage
3.16 Manage Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer files
3.17 Catalog your Dropbox
3.18 Securely store your actual media
3.19 Update media files