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Are there any tools for a Windows 7 PC that can perform file & folder searches on computer faster than the default Windows file search?

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closed as not constructive by slhck, Moab, Mokubai, Simon Sheehan, studiohack Feb 24 '12 at 22:10

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What does "better" mean? You're not giving any useful information. What criteria are important to you? Most importantly: Which alternatives have you tried? –  slhck Feb 24 '12 at 9:34
Note that the question title is usually too short to give all the required information. It was reasonable for @slhck to assume further unmentioned criteria from your use of better in the text, and ask for clarification. –  Daniel Beck Feb 24 '12 at 10:00
& actually someone edited my question deleting a part of it which was relevant, where I said that windows search was slow for me. –  user01 Feb 24 '12 at 10:07
Removed the downvote. You said "Windows Search sucks ultimate! Too slow.", which doesn't really describe the problem, and some users here are really allergic to ranting (could explain another downvote). In any case, is there anything you tried as an alternative? –  slhck Feb 24 '12 at 10:09
@Raystafarian, what the heck are you doing are trying to get an editor badge or something? o.O –  Synetech Feb 24 '12 at 20:39
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There is an application called Everything. Ever since I found it, I consider it a standard part of my operating system. It is so easy to find stuff using it - it's just insane!

There is a portable version (it's the one I use) which consists of three files you can put in any folder you like. The first file is the Everything executable, the second is a config file, and the third is a database of all the files scanned on your computer. Searching for files is instant.

The program is free and I love it. I hope it does for you what you need.

Here is a screenshot:

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They used StarCraft for their search, so did I. Let me know if you like it!

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+1, But it's limited to NTFS and you must have administrator rights. –  Benoit Feb 24 '12 at 9:49
@extremko you're right, the post is fine. It had been flagged as "not an answer", and in my sleepy stupor (up late, noticed a flag) I deleted it, thinking it was self-promotion for the product. Apologies for the erroneous deletion. Welcome to Super User! –  nhinkle Feb 24 '12 at 10:41
Thank you nhinkle! You are forgiven :-) –  extremko Feb 24 '12 at 11:04
woowww.. I'm loving it! AWESOME!! –  user01 Feb 24 '12 at 11:07
@user Glad you like it! Your reaction reminds me of my own when I found the program :-) –  extremko Feb 24 '12 at 11:12
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If you happen not to use NTFS or to have a non-admin rights, you can use updatedb from Cygwin to make a database of files on your computer, and then locate some_name to lookup for files containing that string. Warning, updatedb will explore every single mapped drive, you better have no network unit mounted; also you better don't have too many reparse points or substed drives.

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