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Windows 7: A Windows 7 search alternative ?

12 Apr 2011   #71
glazedfaith

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

My problem with the Windows 7 Search is if I'm searching a large external hard drive, and then I need to sort by category, it just goes ahead and restarts the entire search by category. So if it took 5 minutes to find everything, it takes another 5 minutes. wtf.


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12 Apr 2011   #72
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

You can use "Everything";

Everything Search Engine

Very fast, and with the same context menu as Explorer.

Regards....Mike Connor
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12 Apr 2011   #73
glazedfaith

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks a ton, mike
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12 Apr 2011   #74
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

My pleasure, hope you like it. If you want to use it in Windows Explorer as well, in directories, then here's how to do it;

Classic Shell Add On Buttons

If you want to search for content in files, then you might like to try this;

http://code.google.com/p/dngrep/

Regards....Mike Connor
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13 Apr 2011   #75
Imperfect1

 
 

Here are a couple of other 3rd party searching apps that have been recommended by our posters:

NirSoft - Alternative to Windows Search For Files + Duplicates Search

Agent Ransack - Free File Searching Utility - 64 bit Windows 7 file searcher - very fast and lets you choose the drive or path to search, similar to XP's search. BUT Agent Ransack was designed as a power tool, and is not an aesthetically pleasing tool for amateurs.
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13 Apr 2011   #76
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Imperfect1 View Post
BUT Agent Ransack was designed as a power tool, and is not an aesthetically pleasing tool for amateurs.
I find File Locator Lite (alias Agent Ransack) an absolutely great search tool that I use all the time and exlusively for general searches.
One of it's great features is that it is as powerful as you want but at the same time can definitely be used by an inexperienced user. You can start with the Wizard mode and move on from there. I find the user interface quite intuitive.

I think "Search Everything" is more of a power tool in my mind and best used as an administrative tool.

Just my perspective.
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04 Jul 2011   #77
sonic720

Windows 7 x64
 
 
How about Command Line?

Does anyone in this forum use the command line search feature built into every version of windows?

Try where

Start >> run >> cmd

Type:

where c:\ *.*
or
where /?

This it will find all the files on your hard drive. Replace *.* with what your looking for and bam. You're done.
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04 Jul 2011   #78
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sonic720 View Post
Does anyone in this forum use the command line search feature built into every version of windows?

Try where

Start >> run >> cmd

Type:

where c:\ *.*
or
where /?

This it will find all the files on your hard drive. Replace *.* with what your looking for and bam. You're done.
Yes - many people. (Although, I'm not one of them).
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04 Jul 2011   #79
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

Quote:
The screenshot (poor quality...taken with camera in darkened room then imported and snipped, as snip tool would not work without start menu search 'going away')
james you ought to try "jing" its the best snipping tool i have come across,its free and has a whole host of other features including a keyboard shortcut , see snip.......
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TechSmith | Jing, instant screenshots and screencasts, free tour page

on topic,you wont have to search for your snips it has a history button also.


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04 Jul 2011   #80
James Colbert

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boohbah View Post
Quote:
The screenshot (poor quality...taken with camera in darkened room then imported and snipped, as snip tool would not work without start menu search 'going away')
james you ought to try "jing" its the best snipping tool i have come across,its free and has a whole host of other features including a keyboard shortcut , see snip.......

TechSmith | Jing, instant screenshots and screencasts, free tour page
Thanks for the pointer (and the consideration!), boohbah. I'll definitely check that out. I've beeen using the windows snip tool, but it is lacking in markup and commenting tools.

Are you using the free or paid version?
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