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June 16th, 2015, 02:01 AM
Im trying to find a program that works as a archive, or database if that would work.

What i want to do with the program? for example, if you have 100 numbered floppys (or what ever media) with 2-4 programs on each, it would take ages to locate the the right floppy with the program i looking for.
So i want to type in the number of the floppys to a archive/database, what it contains and then be able to search for it when needed.

You know any good software that works like this?

June 16th, 2015, 02:30 AM
dBase was the market leader back in the day. As I recall it was pretty good; so much so I think it's still in production today. Another one was called Paradox, although I didn't use it much.

My advice is draw out all the fields and relations on a sheet of paper before you start. You have chosen a nice and simple database to start with so you should not have too many problems getting it up and running. 99% of a good working database rests in careful and correct design.

June 16th, 2015, 08:33 AM
I remember using a Disk Catalog program years ago. I did a search and see that there is EZ CAT that should do this for you:


I'm never used this particular program, but looks like it might do what you want to do.
I seem to remember the disk catalog program I used was a DOS based program.

There are several others out there, and I'm sure there are some on the SIMTEL disks also.

Smithville, NJ

June 16th, 2015, 09:35 AM
I use CatDisk v6.00 by Rick Hillier.

I've been using it for over twenty years and really like it's capabilities. I've tried several versions but found 6.00 to be most suited to my liking although I have a few different ones. Here's a synopsis:

Overheard: "I know I have that file in an archive on a disk SOMEWHERE!
If only I could FIND it!"
Sound familiar? Many people I know are in this predicament.
Enter CATDISK, the disk cataloging system. CATDISK can help you
organize your disks in such a way that it is easy to find a file from
within a large collection by creating a collective directory of all the
files contained in your collection. See the FEATURES section below for
a listing of CATDISK's capabilities.

. Completely menu-driven and very easy to use.
. Easy to use configuration utility allows customization of many of the
program's features.
. All screen colors can be customized to your liking.
. Command line options can be stored in the DOS environment area
negating the need to memorize them.
. Cataloging/Uncataloging/Re-cataloging functions are completely
. A disk volume label can be changed from within CATDISK.
. You can catalog a disk under an alias instead of the volume label.
. Can support up to 32,767 files or 2,000 disks per catalog,
whichever comes first.
. This limit can be reduced through the configuration utility to better
optimize memory usage.
. Supports multiple catalog files.
. CATMGR can be used to split/merge complete or partial catalog files.
. Supports sub-directories up to 32 levels deep with an upper limit of
256 directories per disk being cataloged.
. Able to read the directory contents of ARC, ARJ, DWC, HYP, LBR, LZH,
LZS,PAK, ZIP, and ZOO files. See the appendix on ARCHIVE SUPPORT in
this user manual for further details.
. You can attach a 30 character comment to each file in the catalog,
which can be done either while cataloging a disk, or at a later time.
. Comments can be imported from an ASCII text file, such as a BBS
. Can read comments from ZIP, ZOO and DWC files.
. ARC, ARJ, DWC, HYP, LBR, LZH, LZS, PAK, ZIP, and ZOO file extraction
is optional and can be decided while running the program.
. Can extract resolution/color information from GIF (Graphics
Interchange Format) files and include it as the default comment.
. Can read 4DOS/NDOS directory comments and add them to your catalog.
. Summary report shows disk capacity, space used and space free on
each disk in the catalog to aid in optimization of disk usage.
. Files can be viewed by DOS wildcards, Volume ID, ARCHIVE ID, or by
keywords or phrases in the file comments.
. Reports can be sent to screen, printer, or disk file.
. Printer reports can be printed in a two-sided format to conserve
paper (this is, quite possibly, the first environmentally friendly
software product in terms of built-in reporting facilities).
. DISKFILL Optimal Disk Fill Utility automates offloading files to
floppies and uses a "best-fit" arrangement to minimize wasted disk

June 29th, 2015, 09:12 AM
Where can i get that program?

June 29th, 2015, 01:19 PM
I see v6.21 here (http://www.retroarchive.org/garbo/pc/diskutil/index.html).

If that doesn't work out for you I'll give you a link to the v6.00 that I'm using.