I believe someone else asked that question in relation to Windows 7 but if I want to search a network drive in Win XP, is there a way to do it without the need to index the files?
When I need to search a network location I just pop out to a command window and use
DIR /S. It does not use the indexes, only searches the file names (not contents) and I have found it to be reasonably fast. The
/S switch will search subfolders for you. You can use multiple wildcards if needed to expand or refine your search (
* for any number of characters,
? for one character) and it doesn't suffer from issues with trying to include or exclude things like parentheses, the way Windows search does. I also use the
/B switch to get a more compact listing (no summaries between subfolders).