Automatically Organizing Files on the Disk

In addition to the ability classify files, DiskSorter Ultimate and DiskSorter Server allow one to physically reorganize files on the disk and build a logical file hierarchy according to the selected file classification plugin. The simplest way to build a file hierarchy on the disk is to construct a logical hierarchy of directories representing file categories, subcategories and file classes populated with links pointing to files in the processed file system.

In order to build a logical hierarchy of files on the disk, classify one or more directories, select the required file categories in the category view, press the right mouse button, select the 'Link Categories' menu item and enter the destination directory where the file hierarchy should be constructed in. DiskSorter will reconstruct the file hierarchy in the specified destination directory and populate it with links pointing to files in the processed file system. Now, it will be possible to navigate the logical file hierarchy using a regular file manager application.

By default, DiskSorter just displays file classification results in the category view allowing the user to manually perform file management operations on specific files or file categories. Sometimes, users may need to automate the file classification process and to perform automatic file classification operations, on-the-fly, without showing the file classification results.

DiskSorter provides the following automatic file classification modes:

  • Classify and Build Links Hierarchy In - select this option and specify a destination directory to construct an organized hierarchy of directories and populate it with links to original files according to file classification results.
  • Classify and Copy File Hierarchy To - selects this option and specify a destination directory to construct an organized hierarchy of directories and populate it with copies of original files according to file classification results.
  • Classify and Move File Hierarchy To - select this option and specify a destination directory to construct an organized hierarchy of directories and move all classified files into that hierarchy according to file classification results.
  • Move Files To and Link Originals - select this option and specify a destination directory to construct an organized hierarchy of directories and move all classified files into that hierarchy according to the selected file classification plugin while replacing original files with links pointing to classified files in the specified destination directory.
  • Execute Custom Command - select this option and specify a custom command or a script file to be executed for each classified file. For each classified file, DiskSorter will execute the specified custom command and pass the full name of the file and the full class name as the first and the second command line arguments respectively.