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  • Rarst,

    I concur with your findings on this file search utility… I have found it to be the fastest out there. I use it all of the time. Just wish it could search FAT volumes as well…

  • @Rick

    I more or less moved to NTFS exclusively… About five years later than most of the world but still. :)

  • Rarst,

    Did the same here; however, still run into PC’s and networks where FAT is common.

    “Everything” is one of my favorite apps!

  • Nice one, I Like this little search tool.

  • @KTecNet

    Glad you like it and thanks for link. :) Hope you readers will like it as well.

  • Iggi

    “However I have no idea what kind of magic they used but it is blazing fast.”
    That is a special street magic and also reason why it is locked to NTFS only. It reads NTFS structures in bulk into memory and then parses them.

  • @Iggi

    It could as well rip time-space continium. :) Tricks that go into software that beats competition by giant margin are usually too boring for end-user.

    Anyway Everything is great example of what is possible when stepping out of generic realm.

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  • The DataRat

    The Vista-haters can say what they want, but indexing in XP actually
    SLOWS DOWN the search utility ! Microsoft drastically improved search
    in Vista. Indexing isn’t a negative in Vista like it has been in XP.

    That said, Everything is fantastic.

    For starters: Default indexing on Vista doesn’t include much of the
    hard drive’s contents (e.g., Program Files). Whereas, Everything
    includes …well, everything !

    Plus you can perform some boolean search.

    Google Desktop search has some interesting and useful features.
    And, as mentioned, Microsoft dramatically improved Vista’s native
    search over XP’s. Yet neither are as good as Everything !

    The DataRat

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  • @DataRat

    Well, I heard plenty of bad things about indexing in Vista as well. No personal opinion, XP user here.

    I’ve tried Google Desktop but it was also heavy on resources and I didn’t like results much. It is most interesting for distributed search over local network.

  • The DataRat

    My experience with XP indexing is the same as your’s. But on Vista
    have found it works well without slowing either the search or the
    machine down.

    Only thing: As mentioned, the default indexing isn’t inclusive of
    your entire hard drive. This can be changed, but Microsoft ~doesn’t~
    recommend it. I changed the defaults so that Vista also indexes
    Program Files. Haven’t noticed the slightest slowdown having done so.

    Vista searches with indexing are faster than XP searches with indexing
    turned off. This on laptops with 5200-rpm hard drives and 2-gHz CPU.
    ( My main machine is a 64-bit Dell with 4-gigs of RAM. )

    But, again, Everything is superior. I only use the Vista search box
    for it’s convenience …being quickly available in the task bar or an
    Explorer window.

    The DataRat

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  • @DataRat

    I remapped Win+F to Everything with qliner hotkeys. Really convenient.

  • Joseph

    This is a really nice tool. I downloaded it after I tried getting Vista’s search to delete all files with (1) in it’s name in a certain folder for an hour… Amazingly fast.

  • @Joseph

    Yeah, Vista is not really known for good search implementation. When it just came out disabling search indexing there was almost mandatory to get computer moving.

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