Help me archive a roomful of old Mac data
January 11, 2010 9:09 AM Subscribe
How do I automate dumping the contents of a couple hundred different data CDs into a directory in Mac OS X?
posted by ardgedee to Technology (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've got a couple hundred data CD-Rs - mostly graphic design and illustration projects dating from before 2002 - that I want to dump into an archive drive (which itself will be duplicated and safely stored) before the CD-Rs succumb to bit rot. These are all data CDs, no applications, no music, no DVDs. I don't want to create disk images, I only want to copy off the files. There's no concern with cracking or working around copy protections.
The challenge I face is how to automate this as much as possible - ideally the human component of the process should be no more than dumbly inserting and removing CDs from the drive, and never have to go to the finder to identify the disk, drag it to a target, or eject it.
One possible process would watch for a disk insertion (the name of the volume is unknown until it's mounted), rsync the disk and its contents to a common target directory, unmount and eject the disk on success, and wait for the next disk insertion. How to automate that when there don't seem to be any "on disk insertion" triggers or events in AppleScript or Automator is what's stumping me right now. Thanks for any help or leads