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Windows 7: I need some help on searching for a specific .avi file


18 Jan 2013   #1

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I need some help on searching for a specific .avi file

Ok, just this morning I tried doing some stuffs on my computer. My sister wants me to convert the Project Diva Extend Opening video to the computer, so tried ripping the .pmf from my UMD and found out that there were no audio for it. So I searched and searched until I found this [HTML=http://www.pspmod.com/forums/off-topic-discussion/25338-convert-pmf-avi.html#post670789]thread[/HTML]. As you can see, I already posted here that the .avi files are missing. I need to delete them or locate them somehow, it's not on my c: or anything. But it is accessible via mplayer.exe

I need help ASAP >.< thanks as well on the advance~

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19 Jan 2013   #2

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Hello shi0n and welcoem to Seven Forums.

Just for my own clarification, when you say the .avi files are missing but "...accessible via mplayer.exe", is mplayer.exe accessing the .avi files from your hard drive or someplace else? If from the hard drive, have you tried doing a wildcard search? In the Start Menu search box try searching for *.avi and every .avi file on the hard drive should be located along with its file path (if you right-click and select properties.) Other search techniques are explained here:

Search in Windows 7

Windows 7 Search - wildcards and search codes

If I misunderstood your question I sincerely apologize.
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19 Jan 2013   #3

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
Hello shi0n and welcoem to Seven Forums.

Just for my own clarification, when you say the .avi files are missing but "...accessible via mplayer.exe", is mplayer.exe accessing the .avi files from your hard drive or someplace else? If from the hard drive, have you tried doing a wildcard search? In the Start Menu search box try searching for *.avi and every .avi file on the hard drive should be located along with its file path (if you right-click and select properties.) Other search techniques are explained here:

Search in Windows 7

Windows 7 Search - wildcards and search codes

If I misunderstood your question I sincerely apologize.
I already tried this, since I've been searching here and there for some answers. What I recently did was to put some files in my external harddrive so I wouldn't need to worry about the memory thing. But it would really be great if someone knows this kind of problem. I already tried searching using the Date, ext., filename, only .avis, still, those two files are nowhere to be found but they're playable by mplayer.exe using this command on cmd.
First open cmd, then type cd c:\ then enter
next type mplayer convert.avi
it would play the convert.avi which is found in C:\ right? I tried showing every hidden folders and files, it's still missing.
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19 Jan 2013   #4

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And you are sure you have searched for avi extension on whole computer, Explorer window on Computer view?

Kari

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19 Jan 2013   #5

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here are some screenshots





notice that I typed mplayer convert.avi

notice that I also typed next was done.avi

here I tried renaming media player classic shortcut link to mpc, so I typed mpc convert.avi next picture mpc done.avi



there you guys have it. I hope you guys can figure this out, I really need to know how to delete these files or might as well locate them at the same time, I tried using del done.avi, but file is not found
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19 Jan 2013   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
And you are sure you have searched for avi extension on whole computer, Explorer window on Computer view?

Kari

Attachment 251049
Finished doing that, I posted some screenshots so it would be more accurate for the problem >.<
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19 Jan 2013   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by shi0n View Post
I posted some screenshots so it would be more accurate for the problem >.<
More accurate? Your post was most confusing I have seen, with screenshots of no value showing absolutely nothing worth to know, except the fact that you do not really know what and how you should search.

To start, a short command line tip about FIND command which you seem to have tried: it is not used to search files, it is used to search a (text)string IN files. Following example for instance searches string Some text in all .txt files in target folder:
Code:
find "Some text" *.txt
This one searches string Create in file Backup.vbs (a Visual Basic Script):
Code:
find "Create" Backup.vbs
If found, the full text row containing the searched string will be shown:

I need some help on searching for a specific .avi file-2013-01-20_005312.png

Using Command Prompt, the search is done with DIR command. It only searches the current folder, with switch /s current folder and all its subfolders.

An example:
Search all AVI files in current folder and its all subfolders:
Code:
dir *.avi /s
When you remember that cd\ command always takes you to the root of the current drive, you can search your whole computer with a few commands. Following command sequence (commands in that order you would give them on Command Prompt) would first search .avi files on C:, then on D: and finally on E:, always starting from the drive root:
Code:
  • C:
  • cd\
  • dir *.avi /s
    • Here would appear a list of found *.avi files on C:
  • D:
  • cd\
  • dir *.avi /s
    • Here would appear a list of found *.avi files on D:
  • E:
  • cd\
  • dir *.avi /s
    • Here would appear a list of found *.avi files on E:
The screenshot below shows search of .avi files on my User Profile drive E: and its subfolders, and then shows all folders (in this example just one) containing .avi files listing the found files:

I need some help on searching for a specific .avi file-search_extension_2.png

You screenshots show no searching and explain absolutely nothing. Did you do what I asked you to do in my previous post, search .avi files on Windows Explorer opened to Computer view. See the screenshot below, it's from Windows 8 but search is exactly the same in Windows 7:

I need some help on searching for a specific .avi file-search_extension_1.png

Kari


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19 Jan 2013   #8
4wd

W8+8.1, W7 ult+hp, XP
 
 

jeez, once upon a time searching for lost files was a simple, easy and failsafe task i windows.

Try Agent Ransack - Free File Searching Utility

Easy job: enter *.avi + the drive (letter) you want to search (alt. use the dropdown menu to choose the whole pc). If the file exists, it will be found.

Optional, enter some dates and\or size to narrow down the search.


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19 Jan 2013   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by shi0n View Post
I posted some screenshots so it would be more accurate for the problem >.<
More accurate? Your post was most confusing I have seen, with screenshots of no value showing absolutely nothing worth to know, except the fact that you do not really know what and how you should search.

To start, a short command line tip about FIND command which you seem to have tried: it is not used to search files, it is used to search a (text)string IN files. Following example for instance searches string Some text in all .txt files in target folder:
Code:
find "Some text" *.txt
This one searches string Create in file Backup.vbs (a Visual Basic Script):
Code:
find "Create" Backup.vbs
If found, the full text row containing the searched string will be shown:

Attachment 251062

Using Command Prompt, the search is done with DIR command. It only searches the current folder, with switch /s current folder and all its subfolders.

An example:
Search all AVI files in current folder and its all subfolders:
Code:
dir *.avi /s
When you remember that cd\ command always takes you to the root of the current drive, you can search your whole computer with a few commands. Following command sequence (commands in that order you would give them on Command Prompt) would first search .avi files on C:, then on D: and finally on E:, always starting from the drive root:
Code:
  • C:
  • cd\
  • dir *.avi /s
    • Here would appear a list of found *.avi files on C:
  • D:
  • cd\
  • dir *.avi /s
    • Here would appear a list of found *.avi files on D:
  • E:
  • cd\
  • dir *.avi /s
    • Here would appear a list of found *.avi files on E:
The screenshot below shows search of .avi files on my User Profile drive E: and its subfolders, and then shows all folders (in this example just one) containing .avi files listing the found files:

Attachment 251064

You screenshots show no searching and explain absolutely nothing. Did you do what I asked you to do in my previous post, search .avi files on Windows Explorer opened to Computer view. See the screenshot below, it's from Windows 8 but search is exactly the same in Windows 7:

Attachment 251063

Kari
well what I showed you guys there that the .avi was accessible via mplayer.exe on my c:\
And also I have done what you have said already on your previous post. Now let me do what you have just said, it might just work
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19 Jan 2013   #10

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I have no idea what post #5 is all about. I just type in avi in the search libraries of expolrer and tick on computer and get this.


I need some help on searching for a specific .avi file-search-avi.png

I'm I misunderstanding something?
Make sure indexing is active.


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