I am looking for software that can do something rather specific. I would like to be able to save the contents of Windows directories into a text or (preferably) Excel file. What would be most awesome is if there were something that could take the file, file’s directory, and file’s size into different columns on a spreadsheet. Absent that, I would be cool with being able to save the files with their directories into a text file.

What I primarily want to be able to do is save these file names so that if I were to lose a hard drive or directory that has a bunch of images on it, I’d be able to look and see what all images I lost.

I’m aware that you can direct DOS actions to text files and that you can view directory contents through DOS, but I’m looking for a simpler way of going about that for more complex directory structures.

Does anyone have any software that can do that? Does anyone understand what I’m wanting it to do?

-{Crossposted at Bobvis}-

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4 Responses to Blegging For A Software Tool

  1. Linus says:

    Unfortunately, I’ve never come across such a tool. Let me know if you find one though.

    On a related note, I recently found a program called SpaceMan 99 for getting a sense for disk space usage and doing bit-for-bit file comparisons. Love it.

  2. Webmaster says:

    I know of tools that will “image” your entire HD (for backup purposes) using XML, but nothing that just prints the file tree.

  3. Webmaster says:

    Go to a command prompt.

    Type “tree C:\ /f /a >file.txt”. Replace “C:\” for whichever drive you want and “file.txt” with whatever you want to call it (maybe C-drive, Rootdrive, etc).

    Should give you a very nice ASCII visual representation of your drive. The /f flag makes it print file names as well as directory structure, the /a switch makes it all standard rather than extended ascii (so that it will read as a standard text file).

  4. Webmaster says:

    Sometimes the simplest things were written long, long ago…

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