File Searching

grepWin is a simple search and replace tool which can use regular expressions to do its job. This allows to do much more powerful searches and replaces. grepWin adds an entry to the shell context menu to easily search selected folders. It is also possible to include system items, hidden items and subfolders, allow only one instance of grepWin, as well as to choose the match mode between Regex and text.
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Most search utilities that achieve similar speeds do so by indexing drives while the computer is idle, but because idleness detection is so difficult to get right, in practice they end up slowing down the whole system just to speed up search. SwiftSearch works differently: given administrator privileges, it completely bypasses the file system (only NTFS supported) and reads the file table directly every time, which speeds up search by many orders of magnitude. Typically searches yield full results in ~10 seconds or less, a significant speedup for many users.
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FileSearch is designed to create a static index of files for fast searching and filtering. A lot of file search tools try and do 'too much'. By keeping their indexes constantly up to date, and searching inside files... or skipping over folders they think aren't 'important' enough. Well FileSearch does exactly WHAT you tell it to do, exactly WHEN you ask it to build an index or find something.
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Find files on your hard drive - FAST! Features: Find files by name on your hard drives almost instantly; VERY Fast scanning! WizFile reads the master file table (MFT) directly from NTFS formatted hard drives so it's ready for use very quickly after start up; Search by file name or full path name; Multiple search terms supported; Wild card file search; User defined filters; Monitors for file changes; ...
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FRSFileList helps you to quickly find the largest, smallest, newest, or oldest files on your computer.
- Find the file you just saved but forgot where!
- Find and delete 'space hogs' or old 'cobwebs'.
- Functionality not available in Windows Explorer.
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You can use Find.Same.Images.OK for free to quickly find the same or similar images, whether those photos are rotated, mirrored, zoomed out. The program generates graphic signatures and compares them on pixel basis, but not only that, you can also find rotated, mirrored and negative images.
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PathLocate is a small command line utility that allows you to quickly search for files located in directories listed in the PATH environment variable. The program allows you to enter many names/masks of files on one command line, limit the number of returned files, ignore or take into account the size of characters, calculate CRC32 checksums, display the last modification time of files, their size, VersionInfo block from executable files (on Windows) and other.
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SymbSearch lets you easily get unicode-symbols so you can simply paste it into your text you are working on. You don't have to learn by heart the specific numbers of these. The best thing about is: SymbSearch works with every software that supports the clipboard of your OS. You just have to press the shortcut (default Ctrl + Shift + W), select the wanted symbol, press Enter and you’re back to your text field.
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SearchMyFiles is an alternative to the standard 'Search For Files And Folders' module of Windows. It allows you to easily search files in your system by wildcard, by last modified/created/last accessed time, by file attributes, by file content (text or binary search), and by the file size. SearchMyFiles allows you to make a very accurate search that cannot be done with Windows search. After you made a search, you can select one or more files, and save the list into text/html/csv/xml file, or copy the list to the clipboard.
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SoftPerfect Network Search Engine
A self-contained index-based network search engine that indexes all files in your local area network and provides users with the ability to locate necessary files within a few seconds. It returns blazingly fast search results to your users, even when large numbers of shared files and folders are present.
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UltraSearch finds files and folders on local NTFS drives and provides the results in just a few seconds. UltraSearch does not maintain an index which is stored on your harddisk, but achieves its speed by working directly on the Master File Table (MFT) of the NTFS partitions. UltraSearch even identifies NTFS hardlinks.
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Everything is an administrative tool that locates files and folders by filename instantly for Windows. Unlike Windows search Everything initially displays every file and folder on your computer (hence the name Everything). You type in a search filter to limit what files and folders are displayed. Everything only uses file and folder names and generally takes a few seconds to build its database. Everything does not search file contents, only file and folder names.
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RegFind is a fast and flexible command-line utility that will help you search files and directories for regular expressions - and more. Basically, RegFind expects a regular expression search pattern as its first argument, followed by one or more 'file masks'. A file mask is a file name with or without wildcard, and with or without a directory part. Give RegFind a try to see what it's really capable of!
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LAN Search Pro
LAN Search Pro is a free utility for fast file searching across your LAN. You can search for specific file names or for specific file types (e.g. all MP3 files). LAN Search Pro provides a lightning fast search engine and lets you search hidden network resources, restricted access resources, IP subnets, LAN FTP servers and much more. It comes with a built-in password manager to store your network logins for resources with restricted access.
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TheSearchMan is a simple utility designed to help you find files easily and fast. It is a tool which searches your hard drives for files by their name. TheSearchMan accepts windows wildcards (? for one character and * for multiple character). The 'Search with-in Search' feature will show searches within searches. Blazing fast (searches 50 GB drive in 1 second!).
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Shortcut Search and Replace
Shortcuts Search And Replace allows to do easy operations on shortcuts like:
- Search for shortcuts target path, working directory, arguments, and icon location content
- Replace multiple shortcuts target path, working directory, arguments, and icon location content (useful if you move portable applications paths or directory)
- Search dead links, to resolve or delete them (multiple resolves/delete in one click).
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VX Search
VX Search is an automated, rule-based file search solution allowing one to search files by the file type, category, file name, size, location, extension, regular expressions, text and binary patterns, creation, modification and last access dates, EXIF tags, etc. Users are provided with the ability to categorize and filter results, copy, move or delete files, save reports and export results to an SQL database.
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FileLocator Lite
FileLocator Lite is a free reduced functionality version of FileLocator Pro. It used to find files that other search engines missed out. Features includes Immediate results - found text is shown with highlighted keywords so you don't need to waste time opening each file looking for the right information, combine search terms using the familiar Boolean operators AND, OR, NOT, has support for popular Office formats including Office 2007 and OpenOffice, has support for Perl compatible regular expressions and has highly efficient search algorithms mean that you spend less time waiting for results.
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Agent Ransack
Agent Ransack is a free tool for finding files and information on your hard drive fast and efficiently.
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DupScout is a duplicate files finder allowing one to search and cleanup duplicate files in local disks, network shares, NAS storage devices and enterprise storage systems. Users are provided with the ability to search duplicate files, save reports, replace duplicates with links, delete duplicate files or move duplicate files to another location.
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