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Cataloging

How cataloging works

When connecting a supported storage device1 to your computer, the EdgeRover app will prompt you to catalog its contents. With your approval, it then starts cataloging the content, extracting specific meta data about each file, such as file name, size, location, creation date, image resolution, and so on. At the same time, the EdgeRover app creates a thumbnail image of the file, and a large and high quality preview image. In the free version of the EdgeRover app, your internal and external storage devices’ catalog is stored privately on your computer.

Once this first pass of cataloging is complete, you can physically disconnect the storage device. The EdgeRover app has what it needs to continue processing your content to create automatic groupings. Note that it may take a little time for some of the automatic groupings to appear.

When you reconnect the same storage device, the EdgeRover app automatically searches for any changes then updates the catalog accordingly.

What you should catalog

You should catalog storage devices that are used frequently and are part of your regular routine.

Archived storage devices are also great sources to manage with the EdgeRover app. The intent is to have a single view of all cataloged content.

You may want to exclude storage sources that are used for backups to avoid duplicate files in the catalog.


  1. For compatibility information, see here

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