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DiskTracker is a powerful cataloging utility that helps you keep track of your offline files. If you have a number of removable media disks, DiskTracker is ideal. It will maintain a local directory of the files on the removable disks, and you can search for files without actually having to insert the removable media. The search result resembles the view you would see in the Finder.

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Version 2.4.7:
  • Fix icon drawing issues with OS X 10.9 Mavericks


OS X 10.5 or later

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Franko Member IconComment+113

So with this new update i realized, aside DT being my fave cataloguing app, that it and GraphicConverter are the 2 oldest running apps on my Mac. I'd add IRCle but it's pretty much a 3/4 dead fish swimming in cIRCles.

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Version 2.4.7
Gary30 Member IconReview+193

Acquired as part of the BYOB bundle offer found at Squidoodotcom for $5.95. I have long felt that five to ten bucks seems about right for this kind of app. Basically, it indexes the files on a volume and creates a catalog that can be browsed as though the Finder were being used. Can export a list as a tab or comma delimited text file with headers. Initial indexing is fast. Updates are very fast. Catalog files are reasonable in size. For my media volume which is 300+ GB with I get a 16 MB catalog file that took about 5 minutes to build.

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Version 2.4.6
Bigboysdad Member IconReview+492

I've recently put this to use by recovering in seconds, a 4 year old piece of email data long gone from my laptop. My employer has unsuccessfully been trying to recover this same piece of data from its its expensive and convoluted windoze based backup system for over 2 months.

Last year I "upgraded" and imported my DT data to CD Finder but whilst CD Finder is regularly maintained and excellently supported, I still found myself coming back to DT as it eschews eye candy and focuses on just finding that all important file - it basically works the same as the excellent app Find Any File. I'm grateful the developers are continuing maintaining it and hope they continue to do so.

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Version 2.4.4b4
Tozzo Member IconComment+8

This version works as expected in Tiger.

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Version 2.4.4b3
Olivier_herrbach Member IconReview+0

and what I just wrote to the developer :

"Dear "Portents, Llc" (Developer),

I deeply apologize for what I said on MacUpdate (PPC Application).

It's alright, your software is an Universal one
(I'll remove what's not Intel).

I'll correct it on MacUpdate.com (IT'S DONE NOW).

With my kind regards,

Olivier Herrbach

PS : I CAN'T (not possible here)
to give 5 to third and fourth. WHY ?

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Version 2.4.4b3
Tozzo Member IconReview+8

This version just launches then quits for me...

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Version 2.4.4b2
Portents, Llc (Developer)

Hey, can you contact us (DiskTracker support) at support@portents.com ? We are trying to understand this issue and would love to ask you some questions about what you are seeing. Thanks!


It just launches, appears in the dock for a moment, then goes away. I'm running Tiger 10.4.11. The version before this works great!

Portents, Llc (Developer)

Looks like we have a bug with DiskTracker 2.4.4b2 and 10.4 - the app won't launch on that version of the OS. We will have a fix for this in 2.4.4b3 which we will release shortly. Sorry for the inconvenience!


Here is the crash dump (sans binary part):

Host Name: tozzos-power-mac-g4
Date/Time: 2011-04-16 10:15:39.831 -0400
OS Version: 10.4.11 (Build 8S165)
Report Version: 4

Command: DiskTracker
Path: /Users/tozzo/Desktop/DiskTracker.app/Contents/MacOS/DiskTracker
Parent: WindowServer [60]

Version: 2.4.4b2 (2.4.4b2)

PID: 371
Thread: 0

Exception: EXC_BAD_ACCESS (0x0001)
Codes: KERN_PROTECTION_FAILURE (0x0002) at 0x00000000

Thread 0 Crashed:
0 libSystem.B.dylib 0x9012cab0 _malloc_initialize + 1016
1 libSystem.B.dylib 0x90008998 calloc + 52
2 ...ple.CoreServices.CarbonCore 0x90b9e8f8 InitGestalt + 72
3 ...ple.CoreServices.CarbonCore 0x90b9e830 FindGestaltEntry + 60
4 ...ple.CoreServices.CarbonCore 0x90b9e738 Gestalt + 68
5 com.portents.DiskTracker 0x0002184c CheckEnvirons + 48
6 com.portents.DiskTracker 0x000833d4 main + 20
7 com.portents.DiskTracker 0x00001d3c start + 68

Thread 0 crashed with PPC Thread State 64:
srr0: 0x000000009012cab0 srr1: 0x000000000000d030 vrsave: 0x0000000000000000
cr: 0x42000222 xer: 0x0000000000000004 lr: 0x000000009012c6ec ctr: 0x00000000900013a0
r0: 0x0000000000000002 r1: 0x00000000bffffa40 r2: 0x00000000a0001fa4 r3: 0x000000000009f964
r4: 0x00000000000bbcb0 r5: 0x00000000000bfc9c r6: 0x0000000000000001 r7: 0x00000000000bbcb0
r8: 0x0000000000000000 r9: 0x0000000000000000 r10: 0x00000000900010f0 r11: 0x00000000a00061ec
r12: 0x00000000900013a0 r13: 0x0000000000000000 r14: 0x0000000000000000 r15: 0x0000000000000000
r16: 0x0000000000000000 r17: 0x0000000000000000 r18: 0x0000000000000000 r19: 0x0000000000000000
r20: 0x0000000000000000 r21: 0x0000000000000000 r22: 0x0000000000000100 r23: 0x000000000000000a
r24: 0x000000009fffc6c0 r25: 0x0000000000000000 r26: 0x00000000bffffd50 r27: 0x0000000073797376
r28: 0x00000000a000896c r29: 0x00000000a000c6c0 r30: 0x0000000000000000 r31: 0x000000009012c6c0


Yes indeed, that's not the place to post crash or log files. Use their support and/or mail address for contacts with this company. Their reply is fast and professional.

Portents, Llc (Developer)

@Tozzo: Hoping the most recent beta (2.4.4b3) fixes your problems on 10.4; let us know if you are still having difficulty.

Darth Brooks Member IconReview+36
Darth Brooks

DiskTracker 2.4.1 and earlier allowed the names of cataloged disks to be edited but versions 2.4.2 and 2.4.3 do not. Why would anyone want to change the name of a cataloged volume? It doesn't happen very often but occasionally the original disk name is wrong or contains a misspelling.

Also, DiskTracker 2.4.2 and 2.4.3 crash repeatedly when trying to drag a cataloged disk from one catalog window to another under Mac OS X 10.4.11 PPC. DiskTracker 2.4.1 handled the drag and drop with ease.

I've cataloged thousands of volumes with DiskTracker since 1998 and hope the dev addresses these two issues.

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Version 2.4.3

I'd suggest sending an email to the developer.

I bought this years back, and have had several of my emailed questions & suggestions responded to and addressed.

Bigboysdad Member IconReview+492

Just a quick nod to this application in the event that anyone might be looking for a disk cataloger.

I have been using this application for years, have tried some newer alternative products and see no reason to change. If all you want to do is scan DMGs or DVDs as I do, search for old offsite archived files on your Mac and identify where those archived files are stored, this is all you need. Just gets on and does its thing predictably, effectively and reliably. Uses an effective and simple Finder like interface for searching files manually and its standalone search facility is as simple or complex as you want it to be and is as fast as any alternative product out there.

If you are looking for a disk cataloger want more than this, try the more expensive CDFinder. If not, buy this application - its the lack of 100s of features and pretty GUI that makes it less bloated and as a result, simpler, faster and more effective.

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Version 2.4.2


Maybe a bit old-fashioned UI, but still easy, fast and accurate like every mac-tool should be.

Itty Member IconReview+98

Ah, new screenshot. [much better]

The developer seems to be too honest for the software industry. Most developers would call this an update, not a beta. I can find no bugs using this in my workflow. Mind, you, I have never used the disk labeling system, Sharpies have always worked fine for me.

I tried it on an old G4 Flat screen iMac running Tiger, and an even older iBook G3 running Tiger, and a recent top-of-the-line MacBookPro 64Bit SnowLeopard, and didn't run into a glitch. DiskTRacker runs as reliable as always. Which is critical with any database app. It still reads my old databases from the 90's, OS8, days.

Very happy to see this is fully supported, best-in-class.

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Version 2.4.2b6
Itty Member IconReview+98

Still the best for finding stuff on disk archives. Been using it for ages. Since the days of the micro-floppy. [yeah, I'm that old].

Please ignore the screenshot. I think it's from the OS 7 days. Maybe a SnowLeopard shot would be a good idea? It works fine on Snow Leopard on Intel Macs and still works fine on old G3 and G4 Macs running Tiger, as well. The competition cannot make that claim.

If you have a lot of archived DVD's, CD's, DVD Ram, MO's, Hard Disks, and, yes, Floppies, then you need this app.

Tried all the others, DiskCatalogMaker, CDFinder, etc.. But they all try to add too many features that slow the app down. If you need to catalog your media [image,video,graphics, etc] then use a dedicated media cataloger.

I use Toast for it's Disk Spanning feature, making archive disks and sets that are individually Finder-Readable. I use DiskTracker to catalog all my disks and can quickly find any file going back to the early '90's.

DiskTracker is dedicated to finding files in Finder-Like fashion, on all your off-line disks. It has the most powerful search engine of the bunch and that is by far the most important feature. Without a good find function, what's the point?

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Version 2.4.2b4
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Version 2.4.7
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Version 2.4.5
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Downloads 109,045
Version Downloads 1,717
License Shareware
Date 28 Oct 2013
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $30.00
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